Just wanted to mention two additions to the Decorative Arts Calendar of Events:
Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at World’s Fairs 1851–1939, Park Avenue Armory. Monday, November 15, 2010, 6:30pm. During the 19th and early 20th centuries, world’s fairs were the showcases for introducing advancements in the modern world. Universal in scope, they displayed decorative arts, paintings, and sculpture alongside scientific advancements and agricultural products. Above all, they democratized design unlike any previous forum. Their wide influence is witnessed by the Seventh Regiment’s presentation of the 1879 New Armory Fair, an event that followed members’ attendance at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial International Exhibition. Lecturer Jason T. Busch will broadly investigate the objects shown at world’s fairs from London’s Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations in 1851 to the New York World’s Fair in 1939. These fairs and the exhibitions demonstrated how innovative design could positively affect modern living.
Now Open: Tiffany Favrile Pottery and the Quest for Beauty at the Lillian Nassau Gallery. This exhibition will explore a little known area of Tiffany’s work: pottery and will coincide with the publication of a new book of the same title written by Dr. Martin Eidelberg.