This year’s Annual Spring Members’ Reception will feature a lecture by Jonathan Clancy on “Pottery of the Arts and Crafts Movement.” In his lecture, arranged especially for this event by the American Art Pottery Association, Clancy will offer an overview of the movement and discuss the distinction between Art Pottery and Arts and Crafts Pottery. He will examine the major figures of the movement and the sources they looked to for inspiration.
About Our Speaker: Clancy is on the faculty of Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York, recently curated the exhibition Beauty in Common Things: American Arts and Crafts Pottery from the Two Red Roses Foundation with Martin Eidelberg. Clancy’s lecture will feature many important examples of American Arts and Crafts pottery from the collection of the Two Red Roses Foundation, which are currently on exhibit at the museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Florida. In addition, he will provide a summary of some of the important discoveries that were made while the exhibition and its accompanying catalog were prepared. Clancy co-authored the catalog with Eidelberg, and following the lecture, he will sign copies of the catalog in the museum shop.
Clancy received his doctorate in art history from the City University of New York’s Graduate Center in 2008 and is currently preparing a book that traces the impact of Transcendentalism on American art and culture. His article “Elbert Hubbard, Transcendentalism, and the Arts and Crafts Movement in America,” has been accepted to The Journal of Modern Craft (London) and will be published in July 2009. In addition, he has written on Rookwood Pottery, the Marblehead Potteries, and presented numerous conference papers on American Fine and Decorative Arts.
Saturday, April 4 4:00 p.m.