The Art Nouveau movement that swept Europe at the turn of the twentieth century also had an impact on American design. Ceramists across the country, from New York City to Cincinnati and New Orleans to Colorado Springs, responded to the new style. The ways in which American artisans became aware of the movement and embraced its style tell us about American art and culture of the time. Join Martin Eidelberg, art pottery expert and professor emeritus of Art History at Rutgers University, as he sheds light on the fascinating history of American Art Nouveau ceramics. Free and open to the public with required reservation. The 6pm lecture will be available virtually via Zoom for those unable to attend in person. Click here to register for the live stream.
Dr. Martin Eidelberg, Professor emeritus of art history at Rutgers University, sparked interest in the field of American turn-of-the century ceramics with the 1972 traveling exhibition The American Arts and Crafts Movement. He has written widely on the subject, including two recent catalogues co-authored for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The first catalogue documents the important donation of the Robert Ellison collection and the second, Gifts from the Fire, presents Eidelberg’s own collection of American art pottery, a recent donation to The Met.