Women, Art and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise. May 7-July 10, 2016. Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, N.J.
The Newcomb Pottery forged a distinctly Southern brand of the American Arts and Crafts movement and is considered one of the most significant makers of American art pottery of the 20th century, its works both critically acclaimed and highly coveted. Established in 1895, Newcomb Pottery (housed within Newcomb College, Tulane University’s former women’s college, in New Orleans) was a pioneering educational experiment focused on training young women to support themselves financially by designing, producing and selling handcrafted art objects.
Women, Art and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise is the largest and most comprehensive national exhibition of Newcomb Pottery in nearly three decades, and the one-of-a-kind objects on display offer insight into the extraordinary women who made a lasting contribution to American art and design.
Content: The exhibition represents half a century of inventive achievement in the decorative arts and features more than 100 objects, including the iconic pottery for which the Newcomb women became best known as well as lesser known textiles, metalwork, jewelry, graphic arts and bookbinding.
Coordinators: Martin Eidelberg, professor emeritus of art history at Rutgers University, and Karl Kusserow, Princeton’s John Wilmerding Curator of American Art.
Credits: Women, Art and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise is organized by the Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and is supported in part by the Henry Luce Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. The exhibition at Princeton has been made possible by the Frances E. and Elias Wolf, Class of 1920, Fund; the Kathleen C. Sherrerd Program Fund for American Art; and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support has been provided by the Allen R. Adler, Class of 1967, Exhibitions Fund; the Curtis W. McGraw Foundation; and the Friends of the Princeton University Art Museum.
Publication: The exhibition is accompanied by a 340-page hardcover publication titled The Arts and Crafts of Newcomb Pottery, which includes essays by Sally Main, former senior curator at the Newcomb Art Museum, and other American art history and decorative arts scholars in addition to a timeline, artist biographies and vibrant new photography of 250 remarkable Newcomb Pottery objects.
Saturday, June 18, 3 p.m.
Lecture – “Newcomb Pottery: Myths of Regionalism and Gender”
Martin Eidelberg, professor emeritus of art history, Rutgers University
Dr. Eidelberg has published extensively on the American Arts and Crafts movement and Art Nouveau, with particular emphasis on American ceramics and the work of Louis C. Tiffany. He will share insights related to the special exhibition Women, Art and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise. A reception will follow in the Princeton University Art Museum.
Cosponsored by the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, which is hosting the companion exhibition Early Newcomb Pottery from the Barbara and Henry Fuldner Collection
Saturday, May 7, through Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016