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2019 William Morris Events in the United States

WMS (US) Sponsored Events at the Modern Language Association Convention
(Chicago, IL | January 3-6, 2019)

William Morris: Reflections on Art and Labor

  • Session Date/Time: Friday, January 4 | 8:30 AM-9:45 AM, 
  • Session Location: Michigan 2 (Hyatt Regency)
    Presider: KellyAnn Fitzpatrick kellyann@gatech.edu, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • The Handcrafted Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: Walter Benjamin and the Revolutionary Potential of William Morris’s Decorated Books.
    Brandiann Molby, Loyola University Chicago
  • Aestheticism and the Birth of the Consultant: Wilde versus Morris on Art, Work, and the Self. Patrick Fessenbecker, Bilkent University

Sponsored Outing: Newberry Library Tour & Presentation

  • Event Date/Time: Friday, January 4 | 3:00 PM-4:30 PM 
  • Event Location: Newberry Library | 60 W Walton St, Chicago, IL 60610
    If attending, please RSVP by December 28 to: KellyAnn Fitzpatrick kellyann@gatech.edu

Annual Dinner & Meeting

  • Event Date/Time: Friday, January 4 | 6:00 PM-9:00 PM 
  • Event Location: Quartino | 626 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60654
    If attending, please RSVP by December 28 to: KellyAnn Fitzpatrick kellyann@gatech.edu
Session Abstracts with Schedule(PDF)

The Joseph R. Dunlap Memorial Fellowship awarded by the William Morris Society in the United States supports scholarly and creative work about William Morris.  The fellowship offers funding of $1000 or more for research and other expenses, including travel to conferences and libraries. Application deadline was: Dec. 15, 2017. Click for details


Exhibitions

Pre-Raphaelite Sisters
17 October 2019 - 26 January 2020 at the National Portrat Gallery, St Martin's Place, London. This major exhibition is the first-ever to focus on the untold story of the women of Pre-Raphaelite art. 160 years after the first pictures were exhibited by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1849, Pre-Raphaelite Sisters, explores the overlooked contribution of twelve women to the Pre-Raphaelite movement, including Evelyn de Morgan, Effie Millais (nee Gray), Elizabeth Siddal and Joanna Wells (nee Boyce), an artist whose work has been largely omitted from the history of the movement. The Exhibit Catalog by Jan Marsh and Peter Funnell aims to redress the balance in showing just how engaged and central women were to the endeavour – as the subjects of the images themselves, certainly, but also in their production.

Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts & Crafts Movement
11 October 2019 - 05 January 2020, Cowden Gallery, San Antonio Texas
An unprecedented selection of paintings, works on paper, and decorative arts—many never shown outside the UK—by three generations of revolutionary British artists and designers.Drawn from the outstanding collection of the city of Birmingham, Victorian Radicals for the first time brings together paintings, works on paper, and decorative arts—many never shown outside the UK—to illuminate this most dynamic period of British art in an exhibition of unparalleled historical and visual richness.


Talks, Lectures, and Conferences

2018 MLA Session:
William Morris: Reflections on Art and Labor

Session Date/Time: Friday, January 4 | 8:30 AM-9:45 AM,
Session Location: Michigan 2 (Hyatt Regency)
Presider: KellyAnn Fitzpatrick (kellyann@gatech.edu), Georgia Institute of Technology

  • The Handcrafted Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: Walter Benjamin and the Revolutionary Potential of William Morris’s Decorated Books Brandiann Molby, Loyola University Chicago
  • Aestheticism and the Birth of the Consultant:  Wilde versus Morris on Art, Work, and the Self Patrick Fessenbecker, Bilkent University
  • William Morris and The Dawn: Ideas for “The Society of the Future”
    Rebekah Greene, Georgia Institute of Technology

William Morris and Trans-Atlantic Radicalism

The WMS is seeking submissions for the following guaranteed session for the 2019 MLA Convention:

Labor unrest and repression in late nineteenth-century Chicago, Paris, and London helped forge internationalist ties that laid the basis for the Second International. William Morris, Walter Crane, and their acolytes were very much a part of this trans-Atlantic radical political, literary, and artistic exchange of ideas. This panel explores the dynamics and consequences of their efforts, doing so in a way that more fully elucidates Morris’s trans-Atlantic influence on socialism’s rise in the West.

Submission instructions: send CV and a 300-word abstract for a 20-minute paper to KellyAnn Fitzpatrick (kellyann@gatech.edu) no later than 1 March 2018.