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
The Dog Show:
The Art of Our Canine Companions
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.