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When A Museum, Distillery and a Library Collaborate — Alcohol’s Empire: Distilled Spirits in 1700s Atlantic World

September 24 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Event brochureTaos Center for the Arts (TCA) is pleased to present “When A Museum, Distillery and a Library Collaborate—Alcohol’s Empire: Distilled Spirits in 1700s Atlantic World,” with panelist Emily Beck Assistant Curator of the U of M Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine, and collaborators from the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Tattersall Distilling Company.

This virtual event is part of TCA’s series, “Where We Meet,” and offers a conversation between the creators – curators at museums and libraries, designers, and distillers – of Alcohol’s Empire, a project based at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) that encompasses an exhibition, manuscripts, and recipes, as well as contemporary adaptations from a distillery of those recipes, and explores the history of drinking in the 18th-century Atlantic World.

About the event

What: When A Museum, Distillery and a Library CollaborateAlcohol’s Empire: Distilled Spirits in 1700s Atlantic World.
When: September 24, 5:00 p.m.
Where: Online via Zoom.

Free and open to the public. Registration required.

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About the panelists

Emily Beck, Assistant Curator, Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology & Medicine, University of Minnesota

Emily Beck earned her PhD in the history of medicine at the University of Medicine. Her research focuses on cultures of making in premodern Europe and she specializes in 16th-17th century Italian medical manuscript recipe books. As a special collections curator, her work centers on building equitable rare collections and teaching on subjects ranging from the history of scientific illustration to the development of modern medical practices.

Jon Kreidler, Co-Founder and Chief Officer at Tattersall Distilling Company

Jon Kreidler is co-founder and chief officer at Tattersall Distilling Company. He spent the first fifteen years of his career in Chicago and Minneapolis working in finance, analyzing and investing in businesses at hedge funds and executing mergers and acquisitions at a local investment bank. Kreidler received an MBA with distinction from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with a focus on finance and entrepreneurial studies.

Nicole LaBouff, Associate Curator of Textiles, Minneapolis Institute of Art

Nicole LaBouff is associate curator of textiles at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. She received her PhD in history from the University of California, Irvine. Her research deals with the intersection of art, science, and women’s domestic work in early modern Europe, with interests spanning needlework, botany, and distilling.

Kristine Thayer, Senior Designer at Minneapolis Institute of Art

Kristine Thayer is a senior designer at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. She received her design education at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and holds a degree in Humanities from the University of Minnesota. Thayer started her design career at the Walker Art Center and joined Mia in 2006. Manhattan straight up is her drink.

Rita O’Connell, Moderator

Rita O’Connell is a co-founder of KNCE 93.5FM Taos. A performer, producer, and writer of a variety of things, Rita holds an MA in Public Advocacy and Activism from the National University of Ireland, Galway. She is an enthusiastic imbiber of both history and distilled spirits.

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Event sponsorship

This event is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed during this event do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.