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Collectors’ Seminar: Building an Art Collection

March 24, 2022
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm


With Drs. John and Nicole Dintenfass, Moderated by Peter Nisbet

Join the Ackland Art Museum for an intimate conversation with Drs. John and Nicole Dintenfass about their lifelong passion for collecting art, the latest in a series of talks with collectors whose works have been on view at the Ackland. The Dintenfasses have collected art for an astonishing fifty-three years, beginning with John’s medical residency in West Africa and continuing for several decades as the French and American couple traveled throughout the U.S. and Europe. Their varied collection is comprised of African metalwork — some of which can now be seen at the Ackland in our exhibition Peace, Power & Prestige: Metal Arts in Africa — but also extends to wooden miniatures, Chinese art, and American paintings and coins. The Dintenfasses, together in conversation with Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs Peter Nisbet, will discuss selected works from their African collection currently on view at the Museum, talk about how they have built and refined their collection, and share their thoughts on the psychology of collecting art, the subject of a book they are currently writing.