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The Myth & Mystique of Doris Duke: Collecting & Women Collectors

September 29, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Thanks to Doris’s wishes, the public can enjoy Rough Point’s stately English portraiture, sumptuous Flemish and French tapestries, ornate European furniture, and vibrant Chinese export porcelain. But how and why did these objects end up on display at Rough Point?  What do a Russian empress, a makeup mogul, and a tobacco heiress have in common? Who were the collectors behind the Rough Point collection?


This edition of Myth & Mystique will take a closer look at Doris Duke’s fine and decorative arts collection at Rough Point. Join us as we explore the Rough Point collection, listen to stories about special objects, and meet the women collectors whose tastes and collectors’ eyes paralleled Doris Duke’s own passion for collecting.


This special virtual experience will premiere at 7:00 pm EST on Tuesday, September 29 on our YouTube channel. No registration necessary. This video program will be available for viewing on YouTube after its completion.


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Photo courtesy of Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Historical Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.


September 29, 2020
7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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