The Charles Hosmer - Morse Museum of American Art

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Calendar for April 30, 2014


  • Curator Gallery Talk

    2:30 pm - 2:50 pm

    Brief talks on the history of Art Nouveau and selected objects from Lifelines—Forms and Themes of Art Nouveau with Curator Donna Climenhage.


  • 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.

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