Museum Meetings consists of a series of conversations dedicated to various aspects of art and museums, including art history, photography, anthropology, collecting, curation, techniques and media, conservation, and the role of museums and archives in society today. It originates in the Acton Collection at Villa La Pietra and expands to other art spaces in Florence and Tuscany. It is designed to attract a multidisciplinary group of students, not just those studying art or art history. All the meetings are conceived as discussions and envisage an active participation.

(some dates are pendings and activities are subject to change due to the Covid 19 related obligations)


September 7, 4:45 PM – 5:30 pm (Villa La Pietra)
What is a Collection?: Ways of Looking and ReflectingGuided tour with discussion in the Acton Collection with Francesca Baldry, Villa La Pietra Collection Manager

September 16, 12:00 noon (Villa La Pietra)
How to Interact with the Vast and Diverse Acton Collection?
Guided tour with discussion in the Acton Collection, with Justin Thompson, NYU Florence Lecturer, and Francesca Baldry, Villa La Pietra Collection Manager

September 24, 2:30 pm (Villa La Pietra)
Visiting the Private Rooms of the Acton Family
Join Francesca Baldry, Acton Collection Manager, to enjoy special insights during a visit to the private Rooms of the Acton family with special access to the chambers, secret passages, and children’s playroom areas in Villa La Pietra.

October 5, 10:00 am and 11:30 am (Villa La Pietra)
The Valois Tapestry from the Uffizi: A private view at Villa La Pietra where these magnificent 16th century tapestries were restored, with Costanza Perrone Da Zara and Claudia Beyer – Restauro Tessile

October 12, at 6:00 PM
Villa La Pietra and the NYU Florence Campus: Mindset and Actions Towards Sustainability, by Francesca Baldry
A presentation of her lecture that was part of the International Committee for Historic House Museums (ICOM DEMHIST) Online Conference “Historic House Museums for a Sustainable World: Challenges and Opportunities“ (Oct. 4-8, 2021), which will build on ideas that originated in the conference and will be followed by a live discussion with the participants.

November 10, at 1:00 PM (Sala da Ballo, Villa La Pietra)
Butterflies and Dragons: Hortense Mitchell Acton’s Reception of China in her Fashion
On Site exhibition curated by Francesca Baldry, Villa La Pietra Collection Manager in collaboration with Patricia Lurati, NYU Lecturer; and Federica Anichini, NYU Florence Lecturer; Gaia Varon,  NYU Florence Lecturer. Special Guest: Daniela Degli Innocenti,  Museo del Tessuto in Prato. Project in connection with the exhibition in Prato: Turandot and the Fantastic East of Puccini, Chini e Caramba.

17 November (Webinar)
Early Photographic Formats and Processes in The Acton Photograph Archive
Speakers will include Francesca Baldry, Villa La Pietra Collection Manager; Scott Palmer, Coordinator of Instructional Technology and Digital Initiatives and NYU Florence Lecturer; Alessandra Capodacqua, NYU Florence Lecturer; Pamela Ferrari and Elisabetta Accorsi, Centrica. Guest speaker: Tiziana Serena, UniFi (TBC)

End of November, date tba
Musei e Comunità, by Immaginario– in collaboration with OSL – tbc date and activity on site in the Bargello Museum

Event Postponed. Date and time tba
A 15th Century Papal Relief in the Acton Collection: the Sovrapporta Basso Della Rovere – Lecture and book presentation with speakers and visit to the artwork
Speakers:  Mauro Mussolin, Università degli Studi “G. D’Annunzio”, Chieti-Pescara; Bruce Edelstein, Coordinator for Graduate Program and Advance Research, NYU Florence;  Paola D’Agostino, Direttore Musei del Bargello; Francesca Baldry, Villa La Pietra Collection Manager; and Marco Jellinek, Officina Libraria.