“Useful & Beautiful: The Transatlantic Arts of William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites”
University of Delaware
Winterthur Museum & Country Estate
Delaware Art Museum
7-9 October 2010
“Useful & Beautiful: The Transatlantic Arts of William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites” will be the subject of a conference and related exhibitions to be held 7-9 October 2010 at the University of Delaware (Newark, DE) and at the Delaware Art Museum and the Winterthur Museum & Country Estate (Wilmington, DE). Organized with the assistance of the William Morris Society in the United States, “Useful & Beautiful” will highlight the strengths of the University of Delaware’s rare books, art, and manuscripts collections; Winterthur’s important holdings in American decorative arts; and the Delaware Art Museum’s superlative Pre-Raphaelite collection (the largest outside Britain). All events will focus on the multitude of transatlantic exchanges that involved Morris, the Pre-Raphaelites, and the Arts and Crafts and Aesthetic movements of the late nineteenth century.
In addition to sessions featuring internationally known scholars and experts, there will be a keynote lecture by noted biographer, Fred Kaplan; demonstrations by leading practitioners who make and design Arts and Crafts objects; special exhibitions; a concert of early music; and a performance of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” by the University of Delaware’s critically acclaimed Resident Ensemble Players.
Registration fee: $150 or $75 for students. No fee for University of Delaware faculty, students, and staff.
Online registration and more information–including a list of speakers–is available at www.udel.edu/conferences/uandb
Related exhibitions include:
DELAWARE ART MUSEUM
“A Belief in the Power of Beauty: A Selection of Work by May Morris (1862-1938)”
“On Assignment: American Illustration 1850-1950”
“Leonard Baskin: Art from the Gift of Alfred Appel, Jr.”
also permanent display of the Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft Collection of Pre-Raphaelite Art
DELAWARE CENTER FOR THE CONTEMPORARY ARTS
“David Mabb: The Morris Kitsch Archive”
UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE LIBRARY
“London Bound: American Writers in Britain, 1870-1916”
“The Multifaceted Mr. Morris”
OLD COLLEGE GALLERY, UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
“Ethel Reed and American Graphic Design of the 1890s, From the Thomas G. Boss Collection”
HISTORIC COSTUME AND TEXTILE COLLECTION, ALISON HALL, UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
Display of women’s fashions of the Aesthetic movement, from the University of Delaware’s Historic Costume & Textile Collection, Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies
“Useful & Beautiful” is supported by Delaware Art Museum; Winterthur Museum & Country Estate; Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts; William Morris Society in the United States; William Morris Society (UK); University of Delaware Library Associates; Faculty Senate Committee on Cultural Activities and Public Events; the following University of Delaware units, departments and programs: College of Arts and Sciences, University of Delaware, University of Delaware Library, Art, Art Conservation, Art History, English, Fashion and Apparel Studies, History, Institute for Global Studies, Frank and Yetta Chaiken Center for Jewish Studies, Center for Material Culture Studies, Music, Office of Equity and Inclusion, Resident Ensemble Players/Professional Theatre Training Program, University Museums, and Women’s Studies; Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau; and Routledge Visual Arts Journals.