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Virtual Lecture - Uncorked! Wine, Objects & Tradition

Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Location: Zoom Virtual Lecture

Time: 7 pm (EST)

Leslie B. Grigsby, Senior Curator of Ceramics and Glass at Winterthur, presents a celebration of the objects and imagery created in response to society’s love of wine! Associated with religious ceremonies as well as entertainment, the beverage has been around for some 8,000 years. 20210518-VL-Uncorked-winewine-pitchersThis lecture, originally inspired by Grigsby’s major exhibition by the same name at Winterthur (2012), presents a selection from the incredibly broad range of wine-related materials drawn from the Winterthur collections and promised gifts. From glassware and cellarettes to song sheets and paintings, the audience will share a look at how wine was marketed, consumed, and celebrated from the 1600s through the 1800s. 

Registration required.

Cost: $15 per household for General Admission; $10 per household for HA Members and Volunteers


This lecture will be offered virtually by Zoom, an online video conferencing platform. Upon registration, you will be sent the link for the video conference to join on the evening of the lecture. If you do not receive your confirmation email after you register, please check your Spam folder, or email Carolyn Currin at To learn more about Zoom and to download the app to your computer, visit the Zoom website.


20210518-VL-Uncorked-Wine-Objects-Tradition-Leslie-Grigsby-2018-JIM5779About Our Presenter: Leslie B. Grigsby, Winterthur’s Senior Curator of Ceramics and Glass, joined the museum staff in 1999 and is responsible for over 22,000 ceramic and glass objects. She received her Bachelor Degree in Art History from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and her Post-Graduate Diploma in Art Gallery and Museum Studies from the University of Manchester in England. In the 1980s, Leslie served as Assistant Curator of Ceramics and Glass at Colonial Williamsburg and, during the 1990s, she published extensively on 17th- and 18th-century English ceramics. Her major publications include The Longridge Collection of English Slipware and Delftware as well as English Pottery 1650-1800: The Henry H. Weldon Collection (vol. 1). She made numerous contributions to the Hong Kong Maritime Museum’s exhibition catalogue The Dragon and the Eagle: American Traders in China, A Century of Trade from 1784–1900 (2018). Leslie’s catalogue of English ceramics at the Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee is available via the Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture. Additionally, she was instrumental in making the full 90,000+ objects in the Winterthur Museum Collection available online on the museum’s website. 

Since joining Winterthur, Leslie has curated numerous displays in the museum’s 175 House Rooms and Galleries. Among her major exhibitions at the museum are Uncorked: Wine, Objects & Tradition (2012) and Dining by Design: Nature Displayed on the Dinner Table (2018). More recently, she curated Icons of America: George Washington and Beyond, the Winterthur loan exhibition for the Washington (Winter) Antiques Show, American University, Washington, DC (2020). Leslie currently is working on Winterthur’s major exhibition celebrating the nation’s sestercentennial and the museum’s seventy-fifth anniversary (2026). 

Leslie lectures widely, throughout the United States, Canada, and the UK, as well as in China and Australia. She is past president and a current executive board member of the American Ceramic Circle. 


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