December 11, 2001
CW’s AARFAM, DWDAM announce 2002 exhibition schedules
In 2002, visitors to Colonial Williamsburg can enjoy unusual and diverse
types of folk art–paintings, sculpture and decorative objects from
weathervanes to whirligigs–that once delighted Abby Aldrich Rockefeller,
wife of Colonial Williamsburg founder John D. Rockefeller Jr. The Abby
Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum features the late Mrs. Rockefeller’s
permanent folk art collection, as well as changing exhibitions in 2002
that will appeal to visitors of all ages.
New in 2002:
- Schimmel and Mountz: Pennsylvania Carvers"-This small
exhibition will feature animal carvings by 19th-century Pennsylvania
carvers Wilhelm Schimmel and Aaron Mountz. Feb. 2002 –Dec. 2002.
- "Made in America: Coverlets from the Collection of Foster
and Muriel McCarl"-This major exhibition will feature approximately
60 fancy and figured bed coverlets on loan from the private collection
of Foster and Muriel McCarl of Beaver Falls, Pa. Many of the coverlets
have never been on display to the public. May 24, 2002 – Sept. 1, 2003.
Ongoing changing exhibitions:
- "Holiday Favorites"-This year’s annual holiday exhibition
antique toys showcases a recent gift to the museum of more than 50 antique
paper dolls. Additional the musuem offers two loan displays, "The
Hennage Collection of Antique Toys" and "Tasha Tudor’s
Pictures for the Holidays." Through March 3, 2002.
- "Life in Perspective: The Woodcarvings of Rupert Kreider"-This
compelling display features scenic carvings by the late itinerant Arkansas
artist Rupert Kreider. Through Feb. 17, 2003.
- "James Hampton’s Throne of the Third Heaven: A Millennial
Treasure from the Smithsonian American Art Museum"-The loaned
exhibition crafted by James Hampton features 180 pieces that make up
the finished "throne," including wooden furniture, aluminum
and gold foil, cardboard, paper, plastic and light bulbs. Closed temporarily
for museum installations March 2002-May 2002. Through Spring 2004.
Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum features
unparalleled exhibitions based on the foundation's renowned collection
of British and American decorative arts. This year, the Wallace Museum
will host the following line-up of new and ongoing changing exhibitions:
New in 2002
- The Robert and Meredith Green Collection of Silver Nutmeg Graters"-Nutmeg,
imported from the Far East, was a favorite addition to 18th-century
drinks and its use gave rise to the development of small graters used
to grind the hard nut into a spice powder. More than 100 silver nutmeg
graters on loan from Dr. Meredith Green in honor of her late husband
Robert will be on view in the museum’s Mary Jewett Gaiser Silver Gallery.
May 31, 2002 through December 2002.
- "Jefferson and the Capitol of Virginia"-This exhibition,
coordinated by the Library of Virginia with Colonial Williamsburg, will
showcase the only existing model of the Virginia state capitol building
in Richmond, Va., designed by Thomas Jefferson. The building’s design
was one of Jefferson’s early architectural projects that gave rise to
his reputation as the father of American public architecture. July 4,
2002 – Feb. 17, 2003.
- "The Language of Clothing"-This blockbuster exhibition
of more than 360 items from Colonial Williamsburg’s extensive costume
collections will feature the best of 18th-century fashion
from head to toe including: men’s and women’ s costumes and accessories;
a selection of period drawings, paintings and prints illustrating how
clothing was worn; and a timeline of major clothing styles and events.
Oct. 26, 2002 – Oct. 26, 2003.
- "Jewelry: The Colonial Williamsburg Collection"-This
gem of a display will highlight approximately 20 pieces–most of
which have never before been on view–from Colonial Williamsburg’s
superb collection of English and American jewelry. Examples of gold,
silver and semi-precious stones will illustrate how personal adornment
in the 18th century reflected the taste of the times. Dec.
21, 2002 – Fall 2003.
Ongoing changing exhibitions
- At the Edge of the World: Mapping Scotland"-Explore a
broad spectrum of visually captivating maps and atlases from the 16th
through the 19th centuries including some of the first truly
Scottish maps of Scotland. Through Dec. 1, 2002.
- "Building a Museum: The Wallace Legacy"-Learn about
philanthropists DeWitt and Lila Acheson Wallace, who funded the building
of Colonial Williamsburg’s world-class decorative arts museum. Through
- "Curtains, Cases and Covers: Textiles for the American Home,
1700-1840"-Observe how textiles added color, warmth and status
to early American homes. Through Dec. 1, 2002.
- "PEEP SHOW! Panoramas of the Past"-Visitors can sneak
a peek at 18th-century "peep shows" –landscape
scenes intended to amuse and educate people about the world around them.
Through May 27, 2002.
- "Southern Faces"-Study this extraordinary collection
of 18th- and early 19th-century oil portraits
that depicts men and women of the American South. The display will close
temporarily in early 2002 for installation of other museum exhibitions.
Through Oct. 26, 2003.
- "Thomas Frye Mezzotints"-Enjoy some of the most significant
works of 18th-century mezzotint engraving created by Thomas
Frye, whose dramatic lighting techniques enhanced the soft, tonal quality
of his subjects. Through December 2002.