If strung along a timeline, the salons in France track cultural development in that country. From Madame de Rambouillet’s Blue Room, which she established in the early 1600s, to the large intellectual salons of the Enlightenment Era that brought the late 1700s to a close, each salonnière advanced humanity through a simple act they turned into an art form—conversation. During the Edwardian Era in England, Lady Ottoline Morrell was a leading luminary when salons were called “At Homes.” Though her focus was literature and art, it was, again, conversation that gave her salons during the early 1900s their vibrance. The progression of cultural ideas in America has been done more haphazardly, making us leaders during times like the Industrial Age and in the Tech industry, for instance, but not in the social graces.
As we are experiencing a tremendous shift in perspective, could this change? With this question posed, and since we are essentially urged to be “At Homes,” I invite you to The Modern Salon, a virtual weekly hour-long discussion about your perspective on how this time in history is changing us as individuals and how we might have an impact on our culture. Click into the day of the week you would like to attend for more information. If the At Homes listed here do not work for some of you who are interested in becoming habitués, other days of the week will be added as the salon develops so let me know you are interested and what days of the week you could attend.