Detail of Salvador Dali's painting Daddy Longlegs of the Evening - Hope!

Coffee with a Curator

July 6 @ 10:30am 11:30am

Dalí and Virginia

Join us for this installment of our Coffee with a Curator series, where Museum Staff or invited guests speak on a range of Dalí-inspired topics. This month’s lecture will feature Shaina Buckles Harkness, the Dalí’s Librarian & Registrar. In the lecture, Harkness will highlight our permanent collection, reflecting on the time Dalí spent in the winsome rural town of Bowling Green, Virginia.

The calm beauty of Virginia was an active inspiration after the turmoil of the Europe we left.  Besides, rural Virginia has something of the spirit in its terrain of the France and Spain where I worked.”

These words of Dalí reflect on his time spent at Hampton Manor in Bowling Green, where his former Zodiac Group patron, Caresse Crosby invited him to work on The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí (1942). Upon arrival in Bowling Green, August 1940, Dalí quickly went to work on his autobiography and painted several surrealistic paintings in preparation for his 1941 solo show at the illustrious Julien Levy Gallery in New York, New York.

Location: The Dalí Museum’s Will Raymund Theater (registration required), with overflow seating available in the Raymond James Community Room or live on YouTube (link below).


Register to attend in person at the link below. This event is free, with limited capacity. An event ticket is required for entry. Gallery access is not included.


To watch the live stream from home, click below at the time of the program:



Shaina Harkness, Librarian and Registrar

Shaina serves as the Museum’s Librarian & Registrar. She holds a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida, and earned her Bachelors Degree in French and History from Stetson University. Her duties include managing the Library and the Archives, creating online exhibitions showcasing works in the library, conducting extensive research for upcoming exhibitions and collection research, and documenting object information into The Dalí Museum’s database management system.