Chazen Museum of Art


What’s In A Jug? Art, Technology, Culture

February 9 to April 8 | Oscar F. and Louise Greiner Mayer Gallery

What’s In A Jug? Art, Technology, Culture

February 9 through April 8, 2018

Curated by students in Introduction to Museum Studies: Theory & Methods, this exhibition examines historic ceramic vessels and their technologies, artistry, and meanings. Specifically, it highlights molded Victorian jugs, vessels that were some of the highest quality and most popular and ubiquitous forms of the mid-19th century. These objects cross several important areas of study, including Victorian art and design, ornament drawn from popular culture (heroic myth, literature, history, and botanica), and improving technologies of molding. Their designs were praised and critiqued in art and design journals and, at their best, reached some of the pinnacles of decorative art.

Free Public Programs

Thursday, March 1, 2018

  • 5:30–8 p.m. Reception for What’s In A Jug? Art, Technology, Culture and The Tile Club: Camaraderie and American Plein-Air Painting. Live music, refreshments, fun, and the premiere of Lovey Town.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

  • 6–8 p.m. Make & Take Mugs Take a break from studying and decorate your own personalized mug!

IMAGE ABOVE: Victorian molded jugs from the collection of Frank Horlbeck.

PREVIEW IMAGE: Curatorial studies students discuss the elements of a molded Victorian jug.

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