Revival and Reform—Eclecticism in the 19th-Century Environment
Opens October 21, 2014
The centerpiece of this major new two-gallery installation of objects from the Morse Museum’s collection will be The Arts window by J. & R. Lamb Studios, a prominent American glasshouse of the late 19th century. This 1894 neoclassical window, more than eight feet in diameter and a showpiece for Lamb, has undergone extensive conservation in preparation for its debut in the Museum’s galleries. It will be exhibited with almost 20 additional leaded-glass windows and selections of art glass, pottery, and furniture of the period to illustrate the rich diversity of styles—some avant-garde, others embracing the past—that made up the eclectic aesthetic environment of the late 19th century in both Europe and America. The windows include examples not only by Lamb Studios and Tiffany Studios, but also by Edward Burne-Jones, Heaton, Butler & Bayne, John LaFarge, and Frank Lloyd Wright.
The Bride Elect—Gifts from the 1905 Wedding of Elizabeth Owens Morse
Opens February 10, 2015
In 1905 Elizabeth Owens Morse, the daughter of Charles Hosmer Morse and Martha Owens Morse, married Richard Genius. The gift registry of this socially prominent Chicago bride—entitled “The Bride Elect”—survives in the Morse Museum’s archive, showing more than 250 gifts that together provide a snapshot of the era, a glimpse into 1905 gift-giving traditions, and some insight into popular retail decisions made by wealthy consumers in the Chicago area. In this new exhibit, the Morse presents a representative group of the lovely gifts that survive from the Morse-Genius wedding, including Tiffany art glass, Rookwood pottery, Teco pottery, and Gorham silver.
Selections from the Harry C. Sigman Collection of European and American Decorative Art
Opens February 10, 2015
In this exhibit, the Morse presents a selection from Harry C. Sigman’s 2014 gift of 86 objects to the Morse. A Los Angeles attorney, Sigman began collecting European and American decorative art in 1969, and his gift dovetails with the late 19th and early 20th century styles represented in the Morse collection. The donation includes art glass, pottery, metalwork, and furniture. Though dominated by Jeannette and Hugh McKean’s massive gift, the Morse collection has always been supported and enhanced by generous individuals such as Harry Sigman whose contributions have helped it to grow in important ways. The Morse is pleased to share some pieces from this recent gift, which can be appreciated object by beautiful object as well as in the context of the entire museum collection.