Springtime kicks off at the Morse Art Museum with two new features. The first being an exhibition entitled Watercolors from Louis Comfort Tiffany’s “Little Arcadia” with a vignette display of Chinese Blue and White Porcelain on Tuesday, March 2. Due to COVID-19 precautions, advanced appointments are required to visit the Museum. Public Museum hours are currently 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. New family friendly content is set to be live on the Museum’s “Create & Explore” webpage on Wednesday, March 24. The activities relate to the new exhibition and examine the medium of watercolor and the use of concept studies. The second feature to grace the Morse is a free virtual four-part Brown Bag Matinee series, titled Metals and Metalworking. These films stream every Friday at noon from the dates of April 9 – 30th. The film series requires advance registration through the Morse Art Museum’s “Programs and Events” webpage. Here is the following schedule for March and April events:
TUESDAY, MARCH 2
Exhibition Opening 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Watercolors from Louis Comfort Tiffany’s “Little Arcadia.” A handful of designers, including Alice Carmen Gouvy (1863–1924) and Lillian A. Palmié (1873–1944), were selected to work in what was often somewhat enviously referred to as “little Arcadia,” Tiffany’s idyllic workshop where creativity took precedence over the artist’s commercial enterprises. This exhibition displays around a dozen watercolor designs by these Tiffany artisans. In the 18th century, two regional variations of Chinese porcelain—Canton and Nanking (both produced in the port city of Guangzhou)—emerged. The industry served Westerners eager to add an exotic element to their dining rooms. Artists like Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933) and James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834–1903) cherished Chinese ceramics and, in many cases, centered some of their most famous interiors around them. The Morse vignette features these precious and still avidly collected Asian ceramic pieces. These objects have been drawn from the recent donation to the Morse Museum by the Abberger family of life-long Orlando residents Dr. Benjamin L. Abberger and Nancy Hardy Abberger’s collection.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24
Free online family activities are live. Learn about the medium of watercolor and ways to make designs for your own, personal “little Arcadia.”
FRIDAY, APRIL 9 @ 12pm
Free online Friday Brown Bag Matinee, Treasures of the Earth: Metals (54 minutes). The versatilities and strengths of metals has made them an important part of societies for thousands of years. This series looks at a variety of metals, including iron, copper, and steel, and the ways they have impacted our daily lives and our artistic perceptions of beauty. Space limited, registration is required.
FRIDAY, APRIL 16 @ 12pm
Free online Friday Brown Bag Matinee, Empires of Industry: Andrew Carnegie and the Age of Steel (50 minutes). Space limited, registration is required.
FRIDAY, APRIL 23 @ 12pm
Free online Friday Brown Bag Matinee, Empires of Industry: War of the Copper Kings (47 minutes). Space limited, registration is required.
FRIDAY, APRIL 30 @ 12pm
Free online Friday Brown Bag Matine, Craft in America (Season 5): Forge (53 minutes). Space limited, registration is required.
For all those who would like to continue to visit the Museum virtually from home, the Morse offers many opportunities. The Morse Museum’s website includes online activities, videos, and an audio tour. The Museum actively posts images and information about featured works of art on its Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter pages.
The Morse Art Museum is open 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Due to COVID-19, all visits are by appointment only. Appointments may be made online by visiting the Museum’s “Plan Your Visit” page or by calling (407) 644-1429. Regular admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $1 for students, and free for children under 12. For more information, call (407) 645-5311, or visit morsemuseum.org
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