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2014 William Morris Events in the United States


Talks, Lectures, and Conferences

Modern Language Association 9-12 January 2014, Chicago, Illinois

The William Morris Society sponsored a panel on "Morris and Arts and Crafts in the Midwest," Thursday, 9 January, 1:45-3:00 p. m. , Chicago A-B, at the Chicago Marriott. The moderator was Jason Martinek, and the speakers were:

Barbara Johnson, State of South Dakota Humanities Scholar, “Morris Stained Glass in Chicago”
Sandi Wisenberg, Co-Director, School of Continuing Studies, Northwestern University, “The Politics of the Glessner House”
Elizabeth G. Browning, University of California-Davis, “Hull House and the Arts and Crafts Movement”
Florence Boos, University of Iowa, "Oscar Triggs, the Arts, and the First Chicago Morris Society 1903-1905."

In conjunction with the Children's Literature Association, the William Morris Society also arranged a session on "Pre-Raphaelite, Aesthetic, and Fin de Siecle Children's Literature," held Friday, 10 January, 8:30-9:45 a. m. in the Addison Room of the Chicago Marriott. This was moderated by Andrea Donovan of Minot State University, with the following speakers:

"Illustrated Labors: Text, Textile, and 'Wise-talk' in Christina Rossetti's Sing-Song," Lorraine Janzen Kooistra, Ryerson University
"Mapping the Invisible and the Multivalent: Arthur Hughes's Illustrations for George MacDonald's At the Back of the North Wind," Carey Gibbons, Courtauld Inst. of Art
"Can a Pun Profit?: Chrisitna Rossetti's Strategic Economies," Jesse Cordes Selbin, University of California, Berkeley
"Art Critics in the Cradle: Fin de Siecle Painting Books and the Move to Modernism," Victoria Ford Smith, University of Conencticut, Storrs

In addition to these sessions, we enjoyed a private tour of the Second Presbyterian Church and the Glessner House, followed by a convivial dinner at a nearby Italian restaurant. Over dinner we held a brief business meeting, which confirmed the election and re-election of officers. Our new president will be Jack Walsdorf, and vice-presidents will be Linda K. Hughes (Programs) and Clara Finley (Media and Outreach). Jason Martinek was elected treasurer, Margaretta Frederick secretary, and Jane Carlin will be a new at-large member of the executive committee.

Continuing committee members at large are Margaret Laster, John Plotz, and Elizabeth Miller.

Those unable to attend the business meeting were invited to submit votes by email or paper ballot.

Helping in the Work of Creation: John Ruskin and William Morris Today. Saturday 31 May, 2014.

9 a. m. to 5 p. m. (with lunch and reception), Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley, California. For further information: tel.: 510-848-3277; info@hillsideclub.org, and http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/629957.

Saturday, June 21, 2:30pm
Special Exhibition Tour with Lee Glazer
An American in London: Whistler and the Thames
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
1050 Independence Ave SW, Washington D.C., 20013


James McNeill Whistler occupies a pivotal position between cultures and artistic traditions of East and West. American-born, French-trained, and London-based, he was an artist with a truly cosmopolitan background. After study in Paris, he settled in London in 1859He worked along the docks, etching and painting the bridges, old and new, that spanned the river Thames. Living within sight of the river, Whistler recorded the changes wrought by industrialization: changing vistas, new landmarks, even the dense atmosphere of smog mingled with gaslight. Over the years his subject matter, techniques, and compositions evolved with his sites. He sought to convey the essence of the river—the lifeblood of the city—ebbing and flowing before his perceptive eyes and caught by his skillful brush.

Lee Glazer, Associate Curator of American Art, has lectured and published on a wide range of art historical topics, including nineteenth-century popular illustration and song, the artist Romare Bearden, and James McNeill Whistler and American aestheticism. She recently reinstalled the Peacock Room to its appearance in 1908, when its shelves were filled with Asian ceramics collected and arranged by museum founder Charles Lang Freer. Since coming to the Freer and Sackler in 2007, Dr. Glazer has organized a series of thematic installations including watercolors by Winslow Homer, seascapes by American artist Dwight Tryon and Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto, and nocturnes on paper by Whistler. She is the co-editor of James McNeill Whistler in Context (2008) and East West Interchanges in American Art (2012), and she recently worked with colleagues at Wayne State University on The Story of the Beautiful: Freer, Whistler and their Points of Contact, an interactive web resource devoted to American art at the Freer.Free to Willilam Morris Society of the United States members
For more details and to RSVP contact Margaretta Frederick, secretarywmsus@gmail.org, (302)351-8518