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Join us on Sunday, November 1st at 3pm EST and go behind the scenes at the world's major art museums with Rosalind Pepall, member of the CSDA-CCAD and past curator at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art in Exchange with Dr. Rachel Gotlieb, curator and writer who specializes in ceramics, decorative arts, craft, and design.

Rosalind Pepall, who began her career as a curator over 30 years ago, will share stories of her favorite career moments found in her book "Talking to a Portrait: Tales of an Art Curator" with Dr. Rachel Gotlieb on Zoom video conference. The focus of the talk will be on decorative arts objects that Pepall selects with interesting details about various artists’ lives and works that are personally meaningful to her.


Former Senior Curator of Decorative Arts at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Rosalind Pepall has been responsible for a wide range of exhibitions, publications and conferences for over thirty years, including Ruhlmann: Genius of Art Deco (2003-2004), in collaboration with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, N.Y. and the Musée des Anneés 30, Paris, and Tiffany Glass: Colour and Light (2009-2010), presented in Paris, Montreal, and Richmond, Virginia. More recently, she co-edited Decorative Arts and Design: The Collection of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (400 pages), published in 2012, and Ms. Pepall continues to serve as a consultant, conference speaker and writer in the field of art.

Dr. Rachel Gotlieb has curated over twenty exhibitions and published extensively on design and craft. Her work has received awards from the Canadian Museums Association, Ontario Association of Art Galleries and Craft Ontario. Since 2015, she has taught design history at Sheridan College. She is also adjunct curator at the Gardiner Museum where she was previously Chief Curator and Interim Executive Director. She is the founding curator of the Design Exchange, Canada’s former design museum.

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To participate in the FALL virtual presentationsplease send the following to gilleslatour@csda-ccad.org

Images of your treasured decorative art / design pieces

Brief description of the object(s), perhaps provenance, why you choose the piece(s), and other details you would like to share (50-100 words)

Signed CSDA Photo Release Form (see link below)

For security purposes, we will only include your first name, if you choose to list this, with the image and description. 

We may post one or more of these objects on our website, newsletter and/or in Ornamentum™ based on whether you sign the attached form.

This is a members event, so if you are not a member and would like to participatejoin the CSDA  to receive our magazine Ornamentum™ and access to more events like these.

See link to Photo release form:  CSDA Photo Release Form.pdf

The Canadian Society of Decorative Arts/ Cercle canadien des arts décoratifs was formed, with the generous support
of the Macdonald Stewart Foundation, to provide a forum for all those interested in the decorative arts.
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