“Borderlands” at The Huntington
BY DENNIS CARR AND YINSHI LERMAN-TAN
Trust members visited the new installation, “Borderlands,” at The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in December 2021.
The Arts & Crafts Experiment of Rose Valley
BY SUE A. KEILBAUGH
In 1901, William Lightfoot Price brought together a group of prosperous Philadelphia free thinkers who enjoyed debating current philosophies of reform with the more informal company of his partners, friends, and relatives whose interests lay primarily in aesthetic matters. The consequence was the start of Price’s experimental utopian community based on the Arts & Crafts Movement.
A Place That I Think You’ll Like
BY JULIE SIGLIN
The story begins with a magnificent cherry tree. Wharton Esherick (1887–1970), an artist often considered the father of the Studio Furniture movement, was recently married and searching for a home in which to start his family. While exploring properties for sale in the Paoli, PA, area with his realtor, the agent said, “I’ll show you a place that I think you’ll like.”
American Classicism and Frederick Douglass’s Sculpture Collection
BY ELIZABETH S. HUMPHREY
Some of the sculptures contained in Douglass’s collection were Greco-Roman mythological figures such as Clytie, Mercury, and Psyche. However, Douglass’s ownership of a Diana of Versailles bust and a miniature version of The Greek Slave carry special significance.
Grinling Gibbons 300: Carving a Place in History
BY HANNAH PHILLIP
The Grinling Gibbons Society was formed in 2020 to masterplan the tercentenary festival Grinling Gibbons 300: Carving a Place in History (August 2021–August 2022).
Delicately Carved, Seductively Glazed: Gifts from the Fire Opens at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
BY JULIANA FAGUA ARIAS
Gifts from the Fire highlights the extraordinary diversity and impressive accomplishments of American potteries and ceramicists working from the late 19th century to World War II.
Fifty Years of Gio Ponti at the Denver Art Museum
BY TARYN CLARY
In 1965, the Denver Art Museum (DAM) approached Gio Ponti to create a new structure for its growing collections. Then 74 years old, the Italian architect had firmly established himself as a master of Modernism across the globe and across disciplines.
The Mozart of Metal: Dan Nauman on 19th-Century Blacksmith Cyril Colnik
BY JOHN-DUANE KINGSLEY
Nestled in the heart of Milwaukee, WI, is the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, home to the Cyril Colnik collection of decorative ironwork. Revered as a master craftsman, Colnik’s workshop created thousands of public and private commissions across Milwaukee that act as a tribute to the city’s strong Germanic origins.
The Astonishing Sculpture of Luisa Roldán
BY KATE BURNETT BUDZYN
On the cover of Catherine Hall-van den Elsen’s new monograph—the first in Getty Publications’ Illuminating Women Artists series—is Our Lady of Solitude, an image of a female figure gasping in tears
The Follet Sampler at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts
BY ALEXANDRA M. MACDONALD
Supported by a Decorative Arts Trust Research Grant, I was able to conduct research into the Follet sampler in the MESDA collection and at the Library of Virginia in Richmond. While my research is far from complete, I posit that all four members of the Follet family—Francis, Eliza, Mary, and Ann—are represented in this unique embroidery.
SAVE THE DATE
- Special Program: Tour of the Newark Museum with retiring Chief Curator Ulysses Dietz
- New York Antiques Weekend
January 19-20, 2018
- Emerging Scholars Colloquium
January 21, 2018
Upper Hudson River Valley: From the Mohawk to the Berkshires
May 3-6, 2018
New Orleans & the Mississippi Delta
November 1-4, 2018
- Study Trip
Prague & Vienna with an extension to Budapest
With an extension to Budapest
October 1–11 and 16–26, 2018; Extension October 12–15