Calendar for September 2, 2015
PROGRAMS AND EVENTS
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Gallery talk for the exhibition Revival and Reform—Eclecticism in the 19th-Century Environment with Museum docent.
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Gallery talk for the exhibition Revival and Reform—Eclecticism in the 19th-Century Environment with curator Donna Climenhage.
Revival & Reform—Eclecticism in the 19th-Century Environment
Revival & Reform provides a rare look at the diversity of the decorative arts in the latter nineteenth and very early twentieth centuries rather than one focused on a discrete art and design movement of the period such as Art Nouveau or Arts and Crafts.
Lifelines—Forms and Themes of Art Nouveau from the Morse Collection
Art Nouveau was an art phenomenon that found enthusiastic support virtually everywhere in Europe and, to a lesser extent, in America from roughly 1895 to 1915. It touched art and architecture, as well as ceramics, furniture, and the other decorative arts. In French, Art Nouveau literally means “new art,” and at the turn of the 20th century, this new art looked different, felt different, and reflected different values and ideas. Today it still feels new. Art Nouveau artists sought to fundamentally change the look of the objects we use in our lives. In their work, line frequently seems driven by its own internal life force—swirling and whipping, swerving and curving, creeping along one minute then racing forward the next. In this exhibition of objects from its collection, the Morse explores the hyper-organic line of Art Nouveau as it communicates the style’s major themes of nature, femininity, and metamorphosis. The works, a number never before exhibited, are certain to both enlighten and delight.
Focus Exhibition: Lockwood De Forest’s The Wreck
The Wreck, an 1880 oil painting by American artist and decorator Lockwood de Forest (1850–1932), depicts five Bedouins riding their camels across a distant horizon and in the foreground, the skeletal remains of a camel—the wreck of the painting’s title. A recent bequest from the estate of de Forest’s great-granddaughter, this 36-by-48-inch Orientalist picture is on view for the first time after extensive conservation.
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