The 3rd Annual
Emerging Scholars Symposium
Saturday, October 5, 2013
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
We are pleased to announce that the Emerging Scholars Symposium, which has become a core feature of the museum’s annual educational programming, is moving to the fall. Now in it 3rd year, this conference, sponsored by Leigh Ann and Bruce Johnson, seeks to support and secure the future of rigorous scholarship in areas related to the Arts and Crafts movement. Held in partnership with the American Fine and Decorative Arts Program at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, the conference also seeks to connect worthy up-and-coming scholars to an audience that shares an interest in their research.
The conference has been added to the lineup of our biggest weekend in 2013, the Design for Living weekend, which takes place over Saturday and Sunday, October 5-6 and includes a Saturday evening gala at the Mountain Lakes Club. Kicking off this exciting weekend, the Emerging Scholars Symposium will be held in the Education Room at the Stickley Museum at Craftman Farms on Saturday, October 5, starting at 9:00 a.m.
Each year the Symposium is developed around a central theme and graduate students (including recent graduates) are invited to submit papers for consideration in relation to that theme. This year’s theme, “Integrating Art and Life,” explores idealism, economics, and the Arts and Crafts Movement. The Arts and Crafts movement sought to address the tension between economic viability and a satisfied, artistic life. This tension was a constant concern for producers throughout the period. Selected scholars will present papers that explore the different aspects of this issue: Were producers were able to meet these lofty goals? Were these goals shared by everyone? How did the movement’s aesthetics shape perception about its products and the ideas behind them?
To participate in the Symposium, scholars must submit papers related to the year’s theme for consideration. Three scholars have been invited to make presentations. We will be pleased to welcome:
Diana Greenwold, Ph.D. candidate, History of Art, University of California, Berkeley
Continuing in the successful framework established by Martin Eidelberg's address at last year’s Symposium, the 2013 program will also include two distinguished scholars, Nancy E. Green and Suzanne L. Flynt.
Suzanne L. Flynt, author of Poetry to the Earth: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Deerfield and curator of Memorial Hall Museum, Deerfield, Massachusetts, will be presenting the Symposium’s featured address. A 1903 article in The Craftsman declared that "Deerfield is sending all over the country beautiful things...to bring back something of lost poetry to the earth." Flynt’s lecture, "Arts and Crafts in Old Deerfield," will consider the distinctive manifestation of the Arts and Crafts Movement in this Massachusetts community and the talented group of, often female, artisans who cultivated it.
Well known to the Arts and Crafts audience, Nancy E. Green is the Gale and Ira Drukier Curator of European and American Art, Prints and Drawings, 1800-1945, at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University. Her ongoing research is the topic of this years Amy Stahl Memorial Lecture, entitled “Shared Dreams: Partnerships of the Arts and Crafts and the Reality of the Craftsman Ideal,” which addresses issues at the core of the Symposium theme. About her topic Green writes:
“What is it about the Arts and Crafts movement that continues to engage our interest 150 years after William Morris established his first commercial enterprise? A respect for fine craftsmanship and the ideals that the arts and crafts practitioners attached to the purity of their craft still resonate with us in the 21st century. There is also a keen sense of joy in the work that these artists created, a joy that transcended the political and societal milieu of the Victorian age.”
“Our fascination may also transpire from what today seems an anomaly – a tight knit group of friends, partners, lovers, all working harmoniously together towards common goals. In some respects, hindsight has glossed over this era with a patina of nostalgia for an imagined innocence. But the reality is more complex than a peripheral reading of this group would indicate. Like many relationships, those among the Arts and Crafts artists were challenging, engaging, supportive, critical, and fiercely loyal. The realities of these relationships and how they actually play out in day-to-day life, attempting to achieve the artistic ideal of the hand-wrought while cognizant of the reality of a need to make a living, will be the subject of this talk.”
Join us to explore this engaging theme and to support the work of emerging scholars. The conference will end at 12:00 noon, after which attendees are invited to enjoy a delicious optional lunch at 1:00 at the nearby Tabor Road Tavern.
Suzanne L. Flynt of Dummerston, Vermont, is Curator of Memorial Hall Museum in Deerfield, Massachusetts. Her recently-published Poetry to the Earth: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Deerfield accompanies the exhibition Skilled Hands and High Ideals: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Deerfield. Her publication The Allen Sisters: Pictorial Photographers 1885-1920 was awarded the Historic New England Book Prize in 2002. She serves on the boards of the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center and the Vermont Center for Photography.
Nancy Green is the Gale and Ira Drukier Curator of European and American Art, Prints and Drawings, 1800-1945, at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University. She joined the Johnson Museum staff in 1985 and has organized dozens of exhibitions there and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from the Getty and Winterthur to pursue her research on the Byrdcliffe Colony in Woodstock, New York. In 2006 she received a Paul Mellon Centre Fellowship and a Harry Ransom Center Research Fellowship for research for her exhibition on Bloomsbury Art in America, and grants from the Wolfsonian, Huntington-British Academy, Winterthur, Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, and the Ragdale Foundation for a book in progress entitled Shared Dreams: Collaborative Partnerships of the Arts and Crafts Movement. In 1990 her catalogue Arthur Wesley Dow and His Influence received honorable mention in the Moe Prize competition for works in art history from the New York State Historical Association and in 2006 Brydcliffe won the Moe Prize as well as an award from the Metropolitan Chapter of the Victorian Society for Catalogue of Distinction. Green received her B.A. from Connecticut College and her M.A. in Art History from Williams College, and she worked at the Williamstown Art Conservation Center, the Williams College Museum of Art, and at Christies Auction House in New York before coming to Cornell. Her newest exhibition project is an exploration of the influence of the Japanese art exhibits at the international expositions on American art and design between the 1876 Centennial Exhibition and the Osaka World’s Fair in 1976.
Saturday, October 5
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
in the Education Room at the Stickley Museum
$15 Member and $25 Non Member
$15 Student (with ID)
December 12, 2013