LWTA – Bruce Richardson (Elmwood Inn Fine Teas)

March 13, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch with the Arts – Bruce Richardson
Wednesday, March 13 | 12pm to 1pm
$5 at the door ($3 students)

Boston’s second great tea party began on March 24, 1904, when Isabella Stewart Gardner opened the door of her new Fenway house/museum to greet a mysterious Japanese man attired in a flowing robe and holding a letter of introduction from artist John LaFarge. Okakura Kakuzo had just arrived in Boston to begin cataloging the vast treasure trove of Asian art which filled the archives of The Museum of Fine Arts. Okakura’s Book of Tea and his vision of “the beautiful foolishness of things” influenced Frank Lloyd Wright, Georgia O’Keeffe, Wallace Stevens, and T. S. Elliott. 
Tea historian and writer Bruce Richardson, owner of Elmwood Inn Fine Teas, was the editor of the expanded 2011 Benjamin Press edition of The Book of Tea. His illustrated talk will focus on East-West concepts of art and how tea became the perfect metaphor for blending these cultures. Along the way, he’ll describe how Isabella Stewart Gardner contributed to the success of  Centre College Football.

Richardson has lectured at The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Winterthur Museum, Monticello, Centre College, University of Kentucky School of Fine Arts, Japanese-American Society of Kentucky, Yamaguchi Prefecture University, and more.

Sign language interpretation will be available for this event, thanks to a grant from the Hudson-Ellis Fund. The event is generously sponsored by Stuart Powell – Ford Lincoln Mazda and Direct Experience in Artistic Living, Inc.