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9781934260050

A Room of Their Own

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  • ISBN13:

    9781934260050

  • ISBN10:

    1934260053

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-01-01
  • Publisher: Cornell Univ Pr

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Although of another place and time, the Bloomsbury group confronted issues that are remarkably current: international crises, war, the value of craft in an industrialized world, women's rights, environmental protection, and the search for the true, the good, and the beautiful in their art and their lives. A Room of Their Own: The Bloomsbury Artists in American Collections, an exhibition catalog produced by the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, examines the group's responses to these issues, providing a valuable mirror on how people can address similar concerns today. A hundred years after the Bloomsbury group was established, their story still resonates and brings together a variety of interests across many artistic and intellectual pursuits. The exhibition will include two hundred watercolors, drawings, books from the Hogarth Press, decorative works from the Omega Workshops, and other works. The exhibition catalog features essays by several leading Bloomsbury scholars. Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina, author of a major 1995 Carrington biography, provides a personal overview of artistic Bloomsbury. Nancy E. Green, the Johnson Museum curator and organizer of the exhibition, explores the Victorian-era influence on sisters Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell. Mark Hussey's essay discusses the cultural differences behind how British and American audiences experience Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury group. Benjamin Harvey offers "An Appreciation of Bloomsbury's Books and Blocks." Christopher Reed presents personal stories behind many of the prominent Bloomsbury collectors in North America. The book is illustrated with full-color plates of the two hundred exhibited works, as well as numerous color figures of comparative works and documentary photographs. Exhibition ItineraryThis catalog accompanies an exhibition organized by the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University.Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, December 18, 2008-April 5, 2009Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, July 18-October 18, 2009Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, California, November 7-December 13, 2009Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, January 15-March 14, 2010Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts, April 3-June 15, 2010Palmer Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, July 6-September 26, 2010

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