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More than doubling in size since the 2013 Houston Fabergé Symposium, the McFerrin Collection now totals nearly 600 objects and will be displayed in its entirety for a limited time. Recent acquisitions focus on rare Imperial pieces with fascinating stories. Join us at the Houston Museum of Natural Science as renowned Fabergé researchers discuss the genius of Fabergé and his place in history as related to the royalties of Europe.
The Fabergé symposium "The Wonder of Fabergé, A Study of the McFerrin Collection" hosted by the Houston Museum of Natural Science features sessions presented by world-renown Fabergé experts with space allotted for Q&A. The confirmed speakers include Tim Adams of San Diego, Dr. Galina Korneva of Russia, Christel McCanless of Alabama, Mark Moehrke of New York, Mikhail Ovchinnikov of Russia, and Dr. Wilfried Zeisler of Washington DC.
Lunch will feature an informal discussion with collectors Artie and Dorothy McFerrin who will tell entertaining stories behind the building of their collection and also entertain questions from symposium participants.
The afternoon includes a viewing of the McFerrin Fabergé Collection, the Museum's world-renown Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals and Smith Gem Vault which features several Fabergé pieces from a private Houston collector. A selection of Fabergé books will be available for signing with Dorothy McFerrin and Dr. Wilfried Zeisler.
Unique to Houston, the Energy Capital of the World, is the high concentration of geologists. To utilize the specialized talent of HMNS staff and docents who have a unique knowledge in geology, mineralogy, gemology and Fabergé, you will be able to bring your Fabergé pieces for these experts to identify the unprecedented variety of materials-from precious gems to ordinary stone-that Fabergé craftsmen used in their objects works. You will be amazed at what you will find out about your piece. Not only what the material is, but where it came from.
A demonstration of gemstone-cutting and metalsmithing techniques used by Fabergé craftsmen-cabochon and stone faceting, stone carving, enameling, guilloche, chasing, repoussé-will be presented by artists of the Houston Museum of Natural Science Volunteer Guild.
Early-bird registration by June 30: Tickets $65
Regular price starting July 1: Tickets $100
Symposium tickets include breakfast and lunch. Tickets must be purchased by October 20 and are based on availability. Tickets are not refundable after October 20.
The Welcome Dinner with presentation by Dr. Ulla Tillander-Godenhielm of Finland requires a separate ticket purchase.
Museum Admission Discount: Symposium attendees will receive a discounted rate for all Houston Museum of Natural Science attractions and exhibition halls-including the McFerrin Faberge Collection-on November 3 and 5.
Hotels: Conference hotel information is available at www.hmns.org/fabergesymposium
Tina Petway, HMNS malacologist, will relate how ecology and science benefit from research-quality shell collections. She will also highlight several rare specimens that are on display in the Gems of the Sea exhibition. This special evening celebrating the addition of the Poppe Collection to HMNS' shell collections will include a preview of the Gems of the Sea exhibition as well as tours of select portions of the Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals, Strake Hall of Malacology and Morian Hall of Paleontology.
Tickets $18, Members $12
When we think of the Amazon region, we imagine dense forest, exotic animal life, and sweltering temperatures. We also assume that this landscape has been around for thousands of years. Recent discoveries, made from the air and on the ground, now suggest that portions of the Amazonian rainforest looked very different just 500 years ago. HMNS curator of anthropology Dr. Dirk Van Tuerenhout will review some of these discoveries and what they tell us about the scope and impact of prehistoric human presence in the Amazon region.
Cutting-edge research into fascinating neurological pathways may be the key to understanding if risk-takers are born or made. Science journalist Kayt Sukel will introduce risk-taking factors such as gender, age, genes, emotions and stress-many of the biological advantages are surprising. Book signing following lecture.
This evening kicks off the second Fabergé symposium "The Wonder of Fabergé, A Study of the McFerrin Collection" hosted by the Houston Museum of Natural Science. This evening you will enjoy a seated dinner and presentation by Dr. Ulla Tillander-Godenhielm of Finland entitled "Fabergé in the Light of 20th Century European Jewelry." As a historical phenomenon Carl Fabergé has had a unique impact-through him and his work the world has learned about the fin du siècle in Russian history. Objects chosen from the McFerrin Collection will be used as illustrations for this study.
This event will be held at Hotel ZaZa's Art Gallery, located on the block in between the Museum and the hotel.
Regular price starting July 1: Tickets $80
Tickets must be purchased by October 20 and are based on availability. Tickets are not refundable after October 20. Space is limited. Please make your reservations early to ensure your spot.
The symposium on November 4 requires a separate ticket purchase.