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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La Belle Époque:

Painting Paris, 1880-1910

This illustrated lecture series will focus on Belle Époque Paris. It will begin with the works of Jean Béraud and continue with other artists, both French and foreign, who depicted the City of Light during this period.

Thursdays at 1:00 pm

12 October – 9 November

Series Cost: $100.00 U.S.

Individual Lectures: $20.00 U.S. each

Full series registration only until 15 September 2017

Individual dates thereafter, pending availability

Advance registration 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 limited at this time due to construction; you may want to consider parking near Woodward Avenue north of us in Midtown and using the QLine rail to come down 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:

Autumn Thursday Lectures Announcement

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Michael Farrell at The Community House

The New York School: Painters and Poets

How & why did the school of painting known as Abstract Expressionism evolve in the middle of the 20th century in New York City?  The artists & poets essential to the School’s creation will be discussed.

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 The New York School Full Series: FAPP01 $220

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Black Mountain College

Tues., 3 Oct. 2017  7pm  FABM01 $35


 New York School Artists

Tues., 10 Oct. 2017  7pm  FANY01 $35


Jackson Pollock

Tues., 24 Oct. 2017  7pm  FAJP01 $35


Larry Rivers & Fairfield Porter

Tues., 31 Oct. 2017  7pm  FARP01 $35


Willem de Kooning

Tues., 7 Nov. 2017  7pm  FAWK01 $35


Robert Rauschenberg

Tues., 14 Nov. 2017  7pm  FARR $35


Frank O’Hara

Tues., 21 Nov. 2017 7pm  FAFO01  $35


Registration must be made through The Community House

 The Community House

380 South Bates Street

Birmingham, MI 48009

Phone (248) 644-5832




  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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