DAS news/Special events

Events & Exhibitions

Note: When the Decorative Arts Society receives notice of programs, exhibitions or events that occur between issues of the DAS Newsletter, we list them here as a service to those with an interest in the decorative arts. Upcoming events are listed by closing date.

Fourth Global Museum Leaders Colloquium
Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, NY
April 16–25, 2018

The fourth Global Museum Leaders Colloquium (GMLC), hosted by the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY), brings 13 museum directors together from around the world for an international dialog about museum management. Participants include directors of national, municipal and private collecting institutions of varied focus and size. France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iraq, Jordan and Senegal are new to the GMLC international network, which, with this year’s participants, consists of 54 museum leaders from 42 countries.

The 2018 GMLC participants are:

•   Australia, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences (Sydney), Dolla Merrillees, Director & CEO

•   Brazil, Pinacoteca De São Paulo, Jochen Volz, General Director

•   Colombia, Medellín Museum of Modern Art, María Mercedes González, General Director

•   France, Musée Des Arts Décoratifs (Paris), Olivier Gabet, Director

•   Germany, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Marion Ackermann, Director General

•   Hong Kong, M+, Suhanya Raffel, Executive Director

•   India, Indian Museum (Kolkata), Rajesh Purohit, Director

•   Iraq, Slemani Museum (Sulaymaniyah), Hashim Hama Abdullah, Director

•   Jordan, Jordan Museum (Amman), Ihab Amarin, Director General

•   Lebanon, National Museum of Beirut, Anne-Marie Maïla Afeiche, Director

•   Mexico, Museo Nacional De Antropología (Mexico City), Antonio Saborit, Director

•   Russia, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (Moscow), Anton Belov, Director

•   Senegal, Théodore Monod Museum of African Art (Dakar), El Hadji Malick Ndiaye, Curator

Decorative Arts Symposium scholarship
“Let them be … fashionable or send none”: Decorative Arts in the British Atlantic World
George Washington’s Mt. Vernon
Mt. Vernon, VA
Scholarship application deadline: April 30, 2018; symposium, June 1–3, 2018

Thanks to a supporter, George Washington’s Mt. Vernon can offer a limited number of scholarships for its June 2018 symposium to undergraduate students, graduate students and young career professionals in the fields of decorative arts, art history, material culture, history, architectural history, preservation and related subjects. The scholarship will cover the cost of one ticket to the symposium ($300).

Scholarship applications forms are due April 30 and may be found at http://www.mountvernon.org/library/library-events-programs/the-2018-mount-vernon-symposium/scholarship-application/.

Brother Thomas: Seeking the Sublime
Fuller Craft Museum
Brockton, MA
Through May 13, 2018

Brother Thomas: Seeking the Sublime celebrates the life and legacy of Benedictine monk Thomas Bezanson, who worked with porcelain and created a wide range of glazes and forms. The exhibition features examples of his pottery, from tea bowls to platters and vases, alongside supporting materials that document his life and legacy in art.

Recent DAS events

See our current newsletter (fall 2017) for coverage of recent DAS tours.

DAS spends "A Weekend in Rochester and Corning, NY" with
artist studio tours, gallery exhibitions and tours, and more.

The Decorative Arts Society held a fascinating weekend in Rochester and Corning, NY, in November 2017 that included guided tours of the studio and archive of Albert Paley, among the most innovative metalsmiths working today; the Memorial Art Gallery's Wendell Castle Remastered, the first museum exhibition to examine the digitally crafted works of Wendell Castle, acclaimed figure of the American studio and art furniture movements – especially poignant given Castle's recent death; the Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) Tiffany’s Glass Mosaics exhibition with co-curators Kelly Conway, curator of American glass at CMoG, and Lindsy Parrott, director and curator of the Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass and a former DAS officer; CMoG's European Gallery with Kit Maxwell, curator of European glass at CMoG; CMoG's Modern and Contemporary galleries with Alexandra Ruggiero, assistant curator at Corning; the Juliette and Leonard S. Rakow Research Library with library staff; and Rochester's George Eastman Museum with Kathy Connor, Eastman legacy curator,

Participants also had free time to explore other MG and Corning collections, displays and shops, and enjoyed meals together in both Rochester and Corning.

The spring 2018 DAS newsletter will provide tour highlights and images.

February 2016 DAS tour features Georgia museum exhibition, Green Symposium and private collections

The DAS brightened the dreary days of February by offering contributors a private, curator-led tour of the decorative arts collections of the High Museum of Art (Atlanta, GA) organized just for the DAS, followed by participation in the Henry D. Green Symposium on southern decorative arts (Athens, GA) and tours of private collections.
The group gathered at the High Museum and traveled by motor coach to Athens, GA, to attend the two-day symposium and enjoy private collection visits arranged especially for the DAS.
The trip concluded with a visit to the home of renowned collector William N. Banks in Newnan, GA.
Details of this exciting event are featured in the spring 2016 issue of the DAS newsletter. The newsletter is a benefit of contributing to the DAS.

DAS tours Chicago symposium, exhibition and private collections

The DAS enjoyed a fascinating weekend in Chicago in March 2015, with tours and collections visits to the Art Institute of Chicago and private collections.

Activities included a tour of Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690–1840, led by Christopher Monkhouse, the institute's Eloise W. Martin Chair and curator of European Decorative Arts. This loan exhibition highlights 300 objects that explore the culture of Ireland during the 18th century.

We also heard Stella Tillyard, author of The Aristocrats, deliver the keynote address for the related symposium Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690–1840, and attended other lectures in the symposium. Topics and speakers included "Buying and Selling: The Transfer of Art in and out of Ireland," Robert O’Byrne, independent scholar, author of Romantic Irish Homes (2009) and The Last Knight, A Tribute to Desmond Fitzgerald, 29th Knight of Glin (2013); "Irish Furniture," James Peill, co-author (with the Knight of Glin) of Irish Furniture (2007) and curator of the Goodwood Estate; "Patina, Pomp and Prestige: Silver in Ireland, 1690–1840," Alison FitzGerald, lecturer, National University of Ireland, Maynooth; "Burned with Turf: The Unique Charm of Irish Ceramics and the Myths of Irish Glass," Peter Francis, independent scholar and author of Irish Delftware (2000); and closing remarks by Julian Sands, actor and Irish silver collector.

Among the private tours was one of the Richard H. Driehaus Museum, commissioned in 1879 by the Chicago banker Samuel Nickerson and recently restored by the philanthropist Richard H. Driehaus, with a greeting from Lise Dubé-Scherr, executive director. This is one of the most sumptuous Gilded Age mansions in America. After the tour, we had the opportunity to view the exhibition Maker & Muse: Women and Early Twentieth Century Art Jewelry.

We also viewed an exquisite private collection of decorative arts and conversed with the owners, and saw a distinguished private collection of Americana in downtown Chicago.

Further details are in the fall 2015 issue of the DAS Newsletter.

Past DAS events

For a listing of past DAS events, click on the date links at the right of the Events section. (The listings will be updated shortly.)