Beauty in Common ThingsAmerican Arts & Crafts Pottery from the Two Red Roses Foundation
October 4, 2008 – February 15, 2009
This important exhibition features superb examples of pottery from the American Arts and Crafts movement by such esteemed potteries as Rookwood, Grueby, Newcomb College, Marblehead, Teco, Saturday Evening Girls, and Overbeck. The works are on loan from the Two Red Roses Foundation, one of this country’s most important private collections of Arts and Crafts objects. Reacting against the crassness of industrial production and seeking to elevate the decorative arts to the level of the fine arts, fervent Arts and Crafts reformers advocated the reintegration of art into everyday life. The implications were both social and aesthetic, and touched upon critical issues such as the role of women in society and the search for a modern style. This exhibition is curated by Martin Eidelberg, Professor Emeritus in Art History at Rutgers University, and Dr. Jonathan Clancy, independent scholar.
The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated catalogue which documents all the works exhibited and whose text sheds new light on the origin and meaning of “Arts and Crafts,” and explores the origins of early twentieth- century design.