Lectures and Events

At Art House and other locations in the metropolitan Detroit area Professor Michael Farrell offers illustrated presentations on art and architecture covering a wide range of periods and areas.

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Rex Whistler & Cecil Beaton Between the Wars

Rex Whistler and Cecil Beaton were both part of the “Bright Young Things” after World War I.  This 5-part illustrated lecture series will illuminate the ways that these two British artists, through their paintings and photographs, reflected the world of change they were a part of and transcended that world.

Tuesdays at 1:00 pm
2 – 30 April 2019

Series: $100.00
Detroit Club members: $80.00

Individual lectures: $25.00 each
Detroit Club members: $20.00

Valet parking available

Pre-pay valet parking by adding $10.00/car per lecture to your registration
Advance registration required

The Detroit Club is located at 712 Cass Avenue (at Fort Street), Detroit

The Grille Room at The Detroit Club opens for lunch at 11:00 am on Tuesdays. Call 313.338.3222 for reservations.

Click below for announcement and registration form:

Spring Art House Lecture Series Announcement

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380 South Bates St.   Birmingham, MI 48009

Phone: 248-644-5832

Logo, The Community House

(click the logo to visit the Community House website

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This 3-part illustrated lecture series will highlight Degas’ intimate portrayals off the subjects with which he was most familiar: family, friends and the opera.

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Full Series: FADIP01 $110

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Degas’ Impressions: Family

Tues, 26 February 2019  7pm  FADIF01 $40

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Degas’ Impressions: Friends

Tues, 5 March 2019  7pm  FADIN012 $40

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Degas’ Impressions: L’Opera

Tues, 12 March 2019  7pm  FADIL01 $40

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Registration must be made through The Community House

The Community House

380 South Bates Street

Birmingham, MI 48009

Phone (248) 644-5832


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in concert at The Detroit Club’s Grand Ballroom
Hosted by Art House

Thursday, 25 April 2019 at 7:00 pm

Classical Masterworks
Carl Cafagna has arranged classical works for the North Star Saxophone Quartet.
The performance will feature movements from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and
Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, as well as other pieces.

A new classical music experience

$35.00 per person
$25.00 for Detroit Club members

Valet parking is included
Advance registration is required

A cash bar will be available in the ballroom

The Detroit Club is located at 712 Cass Avenue (at Fort Street), Detroit
The Grille Room at the Detroit Club is open for dining from 11 am – 10 pm on Thursdays. Call 313.338.3222 for reservations.

Click below for announcement and registration form:

Cafagna + North Star Concert, 25 April 2019


  1. can you tell me how long each lecture is??

    • The lectures are generally about one to one and one-half hours (1 – 1.5 hours).

  2. My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed your lecture today! We love the way you use humor to make you point and make us think. Looking forward to next week’s lecture and classes in your home soon. We are lucky to have you in Detroit! Sincerely, Dru

    • Looking forward to the Asters Talk in March. Always fun with Michael and his knowledge. He makes it soooo fun.

  3. Does Professor Farrell ever tape his lectures?

    • Unfortunately, and in spite of being asked on more than one occassion, Professor Farrell does not record his lectures and has no plans to.

      • Thank you all the same. I appreciate your reply.

  4. I thought Prof. Farrell said, at the BCH this year, that this series is going to be repeated in Jan, 2013. Is that true?
    Rosemary Reed

    • Professor Farrell has decided to begin the World War I series in the autumn at the Community House, so that he can do all three WWI lecture series’ in Autumn 2013 (Great Britain), Winter 2014 (France) and Spring 2014 (Germany), in order for there to be shorter gaps between the various parts of the trilogy.

      He will be back at the Community House this Spring with a series on Great American Collectors.

  5. I want a ticket to the Thursday, 19 March 2015, 1 pm – Frida Kahlo lecture but cannot get your website to work so I can pay the money. Is there another way to RSVP and pay for my tickets.
    Thank you for your help!

    • Hi Peggy,
      Thank you for your question. We are not set up to accept payments via our website. Unfortunately, the Frida Kahlo lecture on Thursday, 19 March is sold out. Professor Farrell will be repeating this lecture, along with the Rivera and Cincinnati Arts & Artists lecture, at the Downriver Council for the Arts in April. That schedule has also been posted on our website. If you’d like, I can add your address to our email list so that you will receive announcements for our lectures, tours and events as soon as they are made available.

  6. Could you please add me to your email list?
    Thank you

    • Hi Ellen,

      I’ve added your email address to our mailing list so that you will receive announcements of upcoming lectures, tours and events as soon as they are made available. Thank you for your interest, we look forward to seeing you soon!

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