Panoramic ocean views, crashing waves, and the perfect amount of sea breeze on one side and stunning, century-old, Gilded Age mansions on the other. Step into history at Ochre Court, one of the Newport cottages where no expense was spared in their decoration including the enormous facades and even more lavish interiors.

Join us for an in-person Dartmouth on Location at the historic Ochre Court on the Cliff Walk in Newport, Rhode Island. Enjoy the history and great views with fellow Dartmouth alumni, family, and friends.

John Stomberg, Virginia Rice Kelsey 1961s Director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College, will explore changes in American art during the Gilded Age. After the presentation, enjoy the reception and explore Ochre Court with a self-guided tour.

The Gilded Age: American Art from the Centennial to World War 1

It was an era of stark contrasts, with the construction of America’s grandest mansions on the one hand and the rapid development of urban tenement life on the other. The story of art during this period likewise reflects a dichotomy, with portraits drawn from what contemporary economist Thorstein Veblen described as “the leisure class,” to mostly the unidentified subjects of “Ash Can School” painting. It was the moment when modernity—encompassing everything from mass production to rural electrification—in the United States ultimately laid the foundation for modernism. This lecture charts this crucial evolution in American art.


  • 6:00 p.m. Registration and Welcome reception serving hearty hors d'oeuvres and drinks
  • 7:00 p.m. Presentation with John Stomberg
  • 8:00 p.m. Reception with a strolling buffet and drinks
  • 10:00 p.m. Event Concludes


  • Tickets: $65
  • Classes 2022-2012: $35
  • Children (Ages 17 & Under): $35


Ochre Court
Salve Regina University
100 Ochre Point Avenue
Newport, Rhode Island 02840


John R. Stomberg is the Virginia Rice Kelsey 1961s Director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College. Before joining Dartmouth in January 2016, he served as the Florence Finch Abbott Director of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum and the Joseph Allen Skinner Museum, and held leadership positions at the Williams College Museum of Art and the Boston University Art Gallery. He holds a B.A. from Georgetown University and both an M.A. and Ph.D. from Boston University—all in art history. The primary focus of his curatorial work is American art and culture since 1900. Moving between photography, prints, paintings, sculpture, media art, and installation work, his exhibitions have been conceived to broaden our understanding of how art operates in, and often shapes, society. He publishes on modern and contemporary art and issues directly related to museums, education, and academia.


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