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March 30, 2007
Judith Martin, author of ‘No Vulgar Hotel: The Desire and Pursuit of Venice’ and Dr. Eric Denker, Senior Lecturer, Education Division, National Gallery of Art, 3-30-07
When Judith Martin is not hard at work as Miss Manners, rescuing American civilization—an ongoing task for which she received a National Humanities Medal—she can be found in Venice, Italy, happily steeped in the civilization of its glorious past and quirky present.
No Vulgar Hotel: The Desire and Pursuit of Venice, a witty romp in the company of such fellow Venetophiles as Lord Byron and Henry James, is her first travel book. In addition to twelve Miss Manners books and a history of American manners, Mrs. Martin is the author of two novels and a columnist for the United Feature Syndicate, the Microsoft Network and Child magazine.
Dr. Eric Denker received his Bachelors from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, and his doctorate from the University of Virginia, writing on the American artist James McNeill Whistler. His dissertation was the subject of a book and an exhibition that he curated for the National Portrait Gallery in 1995, In Pursuit of the Butterfly: Portraits of James McNeill Whistler. In 1995 he also organized the exhibition Prints by Whistler and his Contemporaries at the National Gallery of Art.
Dr. Denker is the Senior Lecturer in the Education Division at the National Gallery of Art, where he has been since June 1978. From 1998 to 2006, he also has served as the Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Corcoran, overseeing the permanent collection and coordinating an active special exhibition schedule, including historical shows of John Singer Sargent drawings, James McNeill Whistler in Venice, Childe Hassam prints, and contemporary print exhibitions focusing on Wayne Thiebaud, Roy Lichtenstein, William T. Wiley, and Rupert Garcia.
Dr. Denker also serves in Washington as an Adjunct Professor at both Georgetown University and at Cornell University. He frequently lectures in Italy for the Smithsonian Institute and for the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, and around the Washington area on Venice, Italian art, Dutch painting, French 19th-century art, and the history and techniques of printmaking.
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