The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San
Marino, California will host a two-day conference, “William Morris and His Legacy: Art, Design, and Politics,” on December 5 and 6, 2003 to coincide with the exhibition “The Beauty of Life: William Morris and the Art of Design.” Bringing together an international group of art, design, and architectural historians and curators, the conference will provide a forum for new scholarship on the work of William Morris and his continuing significance in the history of design in Britain and America. A public lecture, "William Morris: From Red House to Pasadena," will also be given by Richard Guy Wilson on December 4 at 7:30 p.m. To receive a brochure with more information and a registration form, please contact Carolyn Powell by phone or email. Registration is $25.00 (graduate students free) with optional lunches available at an additional cost.
The exhibition “The Beauty of Life: William Morris and the Art of
Design” examines William Morris’s place in the history of design drawing upon The Huntington’s extensive Arts and Crafts holdings, which include the largest collection of Morris materials outside of the United Kingdom. The exhibit will feature over 200 works, including a ten-panel stained glass window, wallpaper and textile samples, original designs for stained glass, wallpaper, textiles, embroidery, tapestry, and books, as well as manuscripts, correspondence, and a selection of rare books published by Morris’s Kelmscott Press. The exhibition will be on view at The Huntington from November 8, 2003 – April 4, 2004 and will then travel to the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Connecticut, from October 14, 2004 – January 2, 2005.
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