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Legacy in Clay: Contemporary American Indian Pottery
March 22 – September 28, 2014

The Morris Museum is pleased to announce that the new exhibition, Legacy in Clay: Contemporary American Indian Pottery, will be on view from March 22 through September 28, 2014.

Featuring more than fifty objects, Legacy in Clay celebrates the recent gift of the Sonia W. and Victor J. Bauer pottery collection to the Morris Museum. The works on display will include bowls, pots, and jars dating from 1993-2008. The exhibition will explore the forms, designs, and methods that contemporary potters have created with inspiration from ancient customs. A broad range of Hopi, Laguna, Acoma, Santa Clara and Navajo traditions will be represented.

Sonia and Victor Bauer have been collecting contemporary American Indian pottery since the late 1980s. In a statement, the Bauers said, “We hope that [through this exhibition] you will share our enjoyment, and perhaps even absorb a little of the culture of the Southwest Pueblo Indians.” Their collection came to the Morris Museum as a gift in 2013.

Legacy in Clay will include works by Iris Youvella Nampeyo and Rayvin Nampeyo, descendents of the well-known Hopi potter Iris Nampeyo (c. 1860 – 1942). Also on view will be objects by Jody and Polly Rose Folwell, Al Qoyawayma, Dorothy Torivio, Damian Toya, and Nancy Youngblood. In addition, the exhibition will feature an exquisite selection of contemporary Kachina Dolls carved from cottonwood by highly skilled Hopi artists to represent various spirits of their religion. Works by Lauren Phillips and Orin Poley, among others will be included.

According to Executive Director Linda Moore, “The delicate shapes and detailed designs represented in the Bauer collection demonstrate incredible craftsmanship and are a wonderful addition to the Museum’s permanent collection of American Indian art and artifacts.”

The Dog Show:

The Art of Our Canine Companions

On View September 12 – December 14, 2014

Organized by the Morris Museum, The Dog Show: The Art of Our Canine Companions (September 12 - December 14, 2014) celebrates dogs in art from the nineteenth century to the present with a focus on British and American artists. William Secord, a recognized expert on dog painting, has served as an advisor for the show.

Dogs embody a broad spectrum of emotions, and this exhibition will examine works of art in which the dog takes center stage: demonstrating the performance of hounds and sporting dogs working in the field; showcasing specific characteristics of a breed as depicted in pure-bred portraits; and highlighting pet portraits that portray the dog in its domestic environment. Linda Moore, Executive Director of the Morris Museum and curator of the exhibition, explained that she was intrigued with dogs as a subject for an exhibition because dogs invite conversation and “museums can also play a unique role in cultivating the art of conversation by infusing everyday life with creative energy, humour and compassion.”

The exhibition will feature dog paintings by world-renown British artists, including Sir Richard A. Wilson, John Seagent Noble, John Emms, George Earl, Thomas Earl, and Maud Earl; American nineteenth century artists Edmund Henry Osthaus, Edwin Megargee, Churchill Ettinger, David Johnson, and Gustav Muss-Arnolt; contemporary artists include Christine Merrill, Pamela Hall, Sheela Marie Padgett, and Richard Greene; and New Jersey artists A.B. Frost (works on paper), Susan Donnell Budd (pastel), Joseph Sundwall (oil), Pamela Barba (oil) and Debi Lampert-Rudman (ceramics).

The more than 100 works on view will capture the talent and diversity of canine artists, and also showcase many breeds that are recognized in America and England, ranging from sporting hounds to pampered pooches. The exhibition will include original oil paintings, works on paper, bronze sculptures, decorative art, trophies, and canine accessories. A great variety of breeds will be featured in the show including Beagles, Bloodhounds, Dachshunds, Foxhounds, Greyhounds, Pointers, Retrievers, Spaniels, Setters, Cairn Terriers, Jack Russell Terriers, Scottish Terriers, Welsh Terriers, Yorkshire Terriers, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Pugs, Boston Terriers, Bulldogs, Poodles, Corgis and German Shepherds, to name a few.

The inspiration for the exhibition was Geraldine R. Dodge, a legend in the purebred dog world who was a renowned art collector, philanthropist, dog show judge, breeder and exhibitor of champion dogs. A long time resident of Morris County, New Jersey, Mrs. Dodge's interest in dog breeding led to the creation of Giralda Farms Kennels, known internationally as the home of the finest German Shepherds, Pointers, and English Cocker Spaniels, among other breeds. Mrs. Dodge conducted pioneering research on the English Cocker Spaniel, which established a new breed standard. Her research on German Shepherds was equally important. In 1927, Mrs. Dodge created the Morris and Essex Dog Show, which was conducted from 1927 until 1957, and which became one of the most widely attended dog shows in the world, attracting up to 50,000 spectators. Her affection for dogs was not limited to living specimens and Mrs. Dodge amassed an incredible art collection; artworks from the Dodge Collection are included in the exhibition.

 

About the Bickford Theatre

The Bickford Theatre is a professional theater that produces and presents year-round entertainment, including a Main Stage Series, two Children’s Theatre series, a Jazz Showcase and many other special concerts and performances. Artistic Director Eric Hafen celebrates his fourteenth anniversary this season.

The theatre is an Equity Member Theatre of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, a not-for-profit organization of 30 professional theatres throughout the state, and works in conjunction with Actors' Equity Association (AEA) and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). From its beginnings in 1994 to the present, tens of thousands of theater-goers from across the tri-state area have enjoyed the Bickford Theatre’s many entertaining and diversified offerings in theatre, music and dance. The Bickford Theatre is conveniently located within the Morris Museum and offers free parking and full accessibility. Box Office hours for phone sales are Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 5:00pm. Walk-up hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11:00am to 5:00pm.


Morris Museum Launches New Exhibition Website

Jersey Rocks: A History of Rock & Roll in the Garden State

The Morris Museum is pleased to announce that it has launched a new website, www.newjerseyrockandroll.org, based on the ground breaking 2011 exhibition Jersey Rocks: A History of Rock & Roll in the Garden State.

The website explores the pivotal role played by the state of New Jersey in the development of Rock and Roll. The site includes major sections on the genre’s roots, rise, golden age, and evolution in the 1950’s, 60’s, 70’s and beyond. Visitors will also find photographs of the exhibition, musical excerpts, quotes and quizzes. Additionally, three video components are also included on the website: a montage of performers, a video exploring the roots of Rock and Roll in New Jersey, and a trailer for the documentary The Last Bastions of Rock, written and directed by Fritch Clark.

Funding for the creation of the website was generously provided by a grant from the Morris County Heritage Commission.

“Through this online resource, the Morris Museum is thrilled to be able to make New Jersey’s contributions to the development and evolution of Rock and Roll accessible to a broad audience.” said Linda Moore, Executive Director of the Museum.

The Jersey Rocks: A History of Rock & Roll in the Garden State exhibition was organized by the Morris Museum and was on view from May 5 through September 14, 2011. The exhibition was conceived by Curator Ellen M. Snyder-Grenier with the assistance of Claudia Ocello, who served as the Project Coordinator.

Developed by Avion Technology, Inc., this is the first professionally designed site for the Museum. The production of the website was coordinated by Museum Partners Consulting, LLC.


About the Morris MuseumCelebrating 100 years, the Morris Museum is an award-winning, community-based arts and cultural institution which serves the public through high caliber exhibitions in the arts, sciences and humanities. The Museum also offers educational programs, family events, and is home to the Bickford Theatre and its wide range of performing arts offerings. Continuously serving the public since 1913, the Morris Museum has been designated a Major Arts Institution and has received the New Jersey State Council on the Arts’ Citation of Excellence, among other awards. The first museum in New Jersey to be accredited, the Morris Museum was re-accredited in 2013 by the American Alliance of Museums.

The Morris Museum is a Blue Star Museum, offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families, from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

The Museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike) in Morristown, NJ, and is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00pm. In addition, the Museum is open evenings from 5:00 to 8:00pm on the second and third Thursday of the month. Admission to the museum is $10 for adults and $7 for children, students and senior citizens. Admission is always free for Museum members and is free to the public every second and third Thursday of the month between 4:00 and 8:00pm. For more information, call (973) 971-3700, or visit www.morrismuseum.org.





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