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Gibbes Museum of Art launches Distinguished Lecture Series

Founded with the generous support of Gibbes Museum of Art board member and philanthropist Esther Ferguson, the Gibbes is launching The Distinguished Lecture Series to bring outstanding, world-renowned artists, art collectors, museum leaders, philanthropists and art historians to Charleston to stimulate public discussion about the visual arts and creativity. The inaugural speaker is philanthropist and cosmetic executive Leonard A. Lauder (pictured right), who recently donated his collection of Cubist art to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This collection includes premier objects by Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Juan Gris and Fernand Léger and is considered one of the foremost collections of Cubism in the world. Lauder will share his illustrious experiences in the art world. The lecture is scheduled for November 20 at 6 p.m. at Memminger Auditorium in Charleston. Tickets are $35 members, $45 non-members, and $20 students. “We are thrilled to bring Mr. Lauder to Charleston," says Gibbes Executive Director Angela Mack. His expertise as an art collector is unparalleled, and his role as a leader in American industry will inform and inspire the audience." In addition to his activities with The Estée Lauder Companies, Lauder is involved in the arenas of education, art, politics and philanthropy. Lauder became a trustee of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City in 1977 and currently serves as its chairman emeritus. He is co-founder and chairman of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a trustee of The Aspen Institute, chairman of The Aspen Institute International Committee, and a member of the President’s Council of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital. Most recently, the Lauder Family received the esteemed 2011 Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy in recognition of their longstanding commitment to philanthropy and public service. Visit the Gibbes' website for more information or to purchase tickets. Via: Gibbes Museum of Art