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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Art & Architecture of 19th Century Italy

Generally unknown outside of Italy, this 6-part illustrated lecture series will illuminate the varied and rich Italian art of the 19th century. The Italian peninsula for most of the century was fragmented due to rule by foreign powers, the Papacy and individual small states. The unification of Italy during the ‘Risorgimento’ would produce new art and artists and, after Italian independence, a unique and expressive Italian art.

Thursdays at 1:00 pm

1 March – 22 March

5 April – 12 April

(no class on 29 March)

Series Cost: $100.00 U.S.

Advance registration is required

Lectures begin at 1:00 pm

Doors open 30 minutes prior to each lecture

Please arrive at least 10-15 minutes early

Late-comers cannot be accommodated

Parking in the area is sometimes limited; you may consider parking near Woodward Avenue north of us in Midtown and using the QLine rail to come to Brush Park

Art House is in historic Brush Park at 59 Alfred Street, Detroit

Lectures take place on the third floor

Art House is a historic residence & is not handicapped accessible

Click below for registration form:

Spring Art House Thursday Lectures 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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Of the memorable women painters of the New York School, five stand out for their drive, determination, and – most importantly – the quality of their painting.

 Series of 5 classes: $150  FANY01

Lee Krasner

Tuesday, 27 February 2018  7:00pm – $35  FALK01

Joan Mitchell

Tuesday, 6 March 2018  7:00pm – $35  FAJM01

Elaine de Kooning

Tuesday, 13 March 2018  7:00pm – $35  FAEK01

Grace Hartigan

Tuesday, 20 March 2018  7:00pm – $35  FAGH01

Helen Frankenthaler

Tuesday, 27 March 2018  7:00pm – $35  FAHF01

 Registration must be done through The Community House

 The Community House

380 South Bates Street

Birmingham, MI 48009

Phone (248) 644-5832

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Coming Soon: Spring Programming



  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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