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Lecture: Harriet Joor, Newcomb Pottery, and the Arts & Crafts Movement

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"A Lover of the Beautiful": Harriet Joor, Newcomb Pottery, and the Arts & Crafts Movement

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Join the Nichols House Museum and Maggie Dimock, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the Greenwich Historical Society, on Tuesday, February 25th at Grogan & Co.

Founded in New Orleans in 1895, the Newcomb Pottery enterprise gained international attention for its distinctive ceramic wares featuring painted decoration derived from floral and botanical specimens of the Louisiana bayou region. This lecture will explore the legacy of the Newcomb enterprise through the lens of one of its artists, Harriet Coulter Joor (1875-1965). Joor was instrumental in establishing Newcomb Pottery’s artistic direction, and her subsequent post-Newcomb career as a designer for Gustav Stickley’s Craftsman Workshops open a further window into the remarkable influence the Newcomb enterprise had on early 20th century American design, and the opportunities available for professional women artists of the Progressive Era.

Maggie Dimock is a curator and art historian whose research focuses on decorative art and design movements in late-19th and early 20th-century America. She is currently Curator of Exhibitions and Collections for the Greenwich Historical Society in Cos Cob, Connecticut, where she oversees art and history exhibitions and interpretation of the Bush-Holley House Museum, once the center of the Cos Cob Impressionist Art Colony. Previously she held the position of Curator for the Alva de Mars Megan Chapel Art Center at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, and worked as a Curatorial Assistant at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. In 2014 she served as the Julie Linsdell and Georgia Linsdell Enders Research Intern with the Nichols House Museum, where she engaged in research situating Rose Standing Nichols’s career as a landscape designer within the context of the Nichols family’s involvement with the Cornish Art Colony in Cornish, New Hampshire. She holds an MA in History of Decorative Art from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in partnership with the Smithsonian Associates, and a BA in Art History and Anthropology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Image: Vase with stylized jonquil design decorated by Harriet Joor, ca. 1903. Earthenware with incised and painted decoration. Newcomb Art Museum, Tulane University, 2012.6.2A

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