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What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • How Nonie views a curator’s role within a museum.
  • Origins of the Arts & Crafts movement and major players.
  • Why the Arts and Crafts Movement didn’t have a particular artistic style.
  • Why MFA is focused on showing Arts and Crafts pieces from all of the Americas in its collection.
  • Overview of the “Boston Made: Arts and Crafts Jewelry and Metalwork” exhibit.

About “Boston Made Arts and Crafts Jewelry and Metalwork” Exhibit

The “Boston Made: Arts and Crafts Jewelry and Metalwork” exhibit focuses exclusively on the Arts and Crafts metalsmiths in Boston and highlights the contributions of newly empowered women artists such as Josephine Hartwell Shaw and Elizabeth Copeland, among others. “Boston Made” brings together more than 75 works, including jewelry, tableware, decorative accessories and design drawings that illuminate the passions and philosophies of this interwoven community of jewelry makers and metalsmiths. The exhibit is on display until March 29, 2020.

About Nonie Gadsden

Nonie Gadsden is the Katharine Lane Weems Senior Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA). She helped plan and install the MFA’s award-winning Art of the Americas Wing comprised of 53 galleries featuring the arts of North, Central and South America (opened 2010). Her exhibitions include “Nature, Sculpture, Abstraction and Clay: 100 Years of American Ceramics” (2015), “Sisters in Art: Women Painters and Designers from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston” (2013) and “A New and Native Beauty: The Art and Craft of Greene & Greene” (2009).

In addition to numerous articles, essays and book reviews, Nonie is the author of Art and Reform: Sara Galner, the Saturday Evening Girls and the Paul Revere Pottery (2006) and Louis Comfort Tiffany: Parakeets Window (2018), and co-author of Boston Arts and Crafts Jewelry: Frank Gardner Hale and His Circle (2018). She heads the Collections Committee of the Nichols House Museum on Boston’s Beacon Hill, serves as a Governor for the Decorative Arts Trust, and is a member of the Council of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts.

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