A challenging carving method will be the subject of a talk, “Intuition: The Art of Direct Carving,” with Karen Lemmey, Smithsonian American Art Museum’s curator of sculpture, on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Darien Historical Society.

The program is co-sponsored by the Darien Library and is free and open to the public.

The lecture is part of a series to complement the society’s exhibition, “About Time,” featuring the works of Margaret Brassler Kane (1909-2006), a sculptor who summered in Darien at the height of her career.

Lemmey joined the Smithsonian’s staff in 2012. She is responsible for research, exhibitions and acquisitions related to the museum’s extensive sculpture collection, which is the largest collection of American sculpture in the world. Her research interests include public art and monuments, the history of materials and methods, American artist colonies in 19th-century Italy, the depiction of race in American sculpture, the history of sculpture conservation, and direct carving.

To register for this program, go to darienhistorical.org, or call 203-655-9233 for information.