Panel Presentation at the Getty Research Institute Tomorrow

‘Vulcan And Venus’, Beauvais Manufactory, From Series The Loves Of The Gods, After François Boucher

Join the Getty Research Institute for a mid-week, mid-year research presentation tomorrow morning. Centering around the decorative arts in France between the 16th and 19th centuries, the event will feature two presentations by scholars about their ongoing research, followed by a moderated discussion. Making use of the Beauvais tapestry manufactory production registers, Getty Rothschild Fellow Pascal Bertrand take an “archeological approach to the art of tapestry-making” in his presentation on the Venus and Vulcan tapestries from the Loves of the Gods Series woven after François Boucher. Getty Museum Guest Scholar Agnès Bos will present preliminary findings from her investigations into the Order of the Holy Spirit, the most important French Royal Order of knighthood. Bos’ research explores the material culture and decorative arts objects created to give weight and visual drama to the Order’s annual ceremonies. Following the two presentations, Senior Curator Anne-Lise Desmas will moderate a discussion of the ongoing research.

The event will take place over Zoom, beginning at 10:30 AM PST. As this is not a public Getty event, the details of the Zoom meeting will be sent along to the SIG Google Group.

Curator Conversation at the Wharton Esherick Virtual Event Tomorrow

A split image showing a room with wooden furniture on a raised level on the left and a figure wearing glasses and a blue scarf on the right.
Image from the Wharton Esherick Museum website.

The Decorative Arts SIG’s own Beth Goodrich will be discussing materials related to sculptor and furniture maker Wharton Esherick held in the American Craft Council Digital Collections in a free online event hosted by the Wharton Esherick Museum. As noted in the event description, the ACC Digital Collections contain, “thousands of unique images, documents, and media, detailing the history of twentieth-century and contemporary craft in America,” including extensive records related to the renowned craftsman. The conversation will focus on, “Esherick’s 1958-1959 retrospective exhibition The Furniture and Sculpture of Wharton Esherick at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts…as well as his relationships with other craft artists represented in the ACC’s resources, such as Henry Varnum Poor and Ruth Reeves.”

Founded in 1972, the Wharton Esherick Museum comprises several historic buildings in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, including the home and studio of Wharton Esherick. Tomorrow’s talk is part of an ongoing series of Curator Conversations that began last summer. The talk will run from 3:00 to 3:45 pm EST. The event is free, but registration is required. You can register for the event here. Hope to see you there!

Decorative Arts SIG Virtual Quarterly Meeting Feb. 25

Please mark your calendars for the upcoming Decorative Arts SIG virtual quarterly meeting scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 25 at 10:00am PST, 12:00pm CST, 1:00pm EST.  We will use this meeting to discuss some of our ongoing initiatives and plan programming for future virtual meetings.  All are welcome to attend.  The agenda and Zoom link for the meeting will be released closer to the meeting date.

Celebration of Misbehaving Books : Minnesota Artist Books from the Walker Art Center Library

Misbehaving Books exhibition
Misbehaving Books exhibition at the Walker Art Center

Come join us to celebrate the display of Misbehaving Books : Minnesota Artist Books from the Walker Art Center Library. The display features Twin Cities-based artists, Harriet Bart, Vesna Kittelson, and Jody Williams. We will meet August 29 at 6pm – 8pm at the Best Buy Aperture space near the Cargill Lounge. We will then head to Esker Grove for a champagne toast.

Decorative Arts SIG hosting a panel at ARLIS/NA 2019 conference in Salt Lake City

The Decorative Arts SIG will be hosting a panel on Thursday, March 28th, at the ARLIS/NA 2019 conference in Salt Lake City. This panel, titled “Material Culture in Utah and the West: Insights from Decorative and Fine Arts Objects,” will feature three Utah-area experts who will discuss traditional and non-traditional fine and decorative arts of Utah and the West.

Leslie Anderson of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts will explore art of the American West and objects created in other regions in her talk, “Challenging the Canon with the Permanent Collection: American and Regional Art at the UMFA.” Adrienne Decker will discuss the Utah Folk Arts Program, a state program that features a permanent collection of art pieces created by living tradition bearers in her talk, “This is Our Place: Utah’s Traditional Arts Landscape.” Josh Probert, from Brigham Young University’s Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, will examine objects made by the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in relationship to the transatlantic world from which they emigrated in his presentation, “Mormon Iconography in the Decorative Arts as a Strategy of Identity during the Nineteenth Century.”

These three dynamic presentations will shed light on how the environs of the West and the historic context of human interaction with this unique region have shaped the artistic output of fine and decorative artists.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the panel on Thursday and in Salt Lake City for the rest of the conference.

Kathy Woodrell and Katie Monroe

Decorative Arts SIG meeting, Wednesday, March 27 in Salt Lake City

The Decorative Arts SIG will be meeting at the ARLIS/NA conference in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, March 27 from 12:30 to 1:20.  Please mark your calendars and join us for our annual meeting where we will share events and accomplishments by members, discuss topics of interest and revisit the progress of ongoing projects.  Some of the matters planned for discussion include:

  • Decorative Arts bibliography as a shared and growing document
  • Updates on the proposed digitization of Crockery and Glass
  • Information sharing within the SIG (blog, Slack, Google Drive, what is the best platform or platforms?)
  • Blog posts—who is interested in contributing?
  • Interest in creating a resource list of libraries with significant holdings in the area of the Decorative Arts
  • Brainstorming ideas for session proposals for 2020 in St. Louis

If you have other topics that you would like to add to the discussion, please let us know.

Also, check out the rest of the Decorative Arts SIG website to see the latest blog post from Elizabeth Broman of Cooper Hewitt, or to access the minutes from last year’s SIG meeting.

Questions?  Contact co-cordinators Beth Hylen, hylenej@cmog.org or Beth Goodrich, bgoodrich@craftcouncil.org.  We look forward to seeing you in Salt Lake City!

GLASS OF THE ARCHITECTS: VIENNA, 1900–1937

The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY

June 23, 2018 to January 7, 2019

Today, we think of architects as people who design buildings, construct skylines, and help create the visual identities of our cities and towns. But to a progressive group of European and American architects in the 20th century, the term “architect” applied not just to people who designed buildings, but to people who designed all aspects of interior decoration. They believed their role was to seamlessly integrate a modern aesthetic into all aspects of daily life. For these architects, furniture, ceramics, textiles, and glass, played an essential role in completing their new artistic vision.

Glass of the Architects: Vienna, 1900–1937 explores the notion of architect as designer and presents a captivating period of glass design and production in Austria. Emerging from a confluence of individuals, ideas, and cultures, the design of Austrian glass from 1900 to 1937 embodied a newfound spirit of modernity. More than 150 objects, including the re-installation of Josef Hoffmann’s Dressing Room for a Star (first displayed at the 1937 International Exposition in Paris), bring to life this invigorating period for glass.

Glass of the Architects: Vienna, 1900–1937 is a cooperation of the MAK and LE STANZE DEL VETRO. At the MAK and LE STANZE DEL VETRO, the exhibition was curated by Rainald Franz, MAK Curator, Glass and Ceramics Collection.

For more information: https://www.cmog.org/collection/exhibitions/glass-architects-vienna-1900-1937/about-exhibition

CURIOUS AND CURIOUSER: SURPRISING FINDS FROM THE RAKOW LIBRARY

Rakow Research Library, The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY|

April 8, 2017 to February 17, 2019

From advertisements for glass eyes to patents for preserving the dead in glass; from glasshouse dollars to drawings by world-famous artists such as Thomas Benton, Salvador Dalí, Eric Gill, Fernand Léger, Henri Matisse, and Georgia O’Keeffe: these rarely seen wonders are some of the curious and surprising objects from The Rakow Research Library of The Corning Museum of Glass.

Artists, researchers, authors, and glass enthusiasts of all kinds use the Rakow Library’s holdings to learn more about glass, which often leads to voyages of discovery in unexpected directions. Discover how the rare collections and curiosities in the Rakow Library have inspired others and how they can inspire you.

For more information: https://www.cmog.org/article/curious-and-curiouser-surprising-finds-rakow-library