12 Results for tag "art"
African American Watercolors
At Colonial Williamsburg, we uncover stories through archaeology, journals, architectural clues, and of course, through art. Join us on Nov. 8 at the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg for a fascinating opportunity to explore three unique historic watercolors featuring African Americans with paper conservator Pamela Young.Here are the three pieces …
5 Lions in our Collections
With the Lion King remake coming to theaters this week, we thought we’d take a look at representations of lions in the Art Museums collections. As Rafiki would tell you, “look beyond what you see” and appreciate the artist, the symbology, the craftsmanship. Then visit us in person to take …
5 Things to Know About Navajo Weavings, Adapting Tradition
Thanks to the popularity of Navajo Weavings: Tradition and Trade, the first Native American textiles exhibition at the Art Museums, the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum’s next exhibition featuring Native American textiles opened September 10 in the Mary B. and William Lehman Guyton Gallery.Navajo Weavings: Adapting Tradition features six …
Inside the Textiles Lab
In a brightly lit lab on the first floor of the Collections Building in the Bruton Heights complex, conservators Gretchen Guidess and Jacquelyn Peterson-Grace balance preservation with esthetics, all while performing intricate work that is necessary but nearly imperceptible to most observers.
Sir Reginald Cleans up Nicely
When you work with The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s art collection, it’s hard not to develop a favorite. One of the objects I find most enchanting is a turtle soup tureen (1991-693,A) that has been on display at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum in the Henry H. Weldon Gallery’s “Revolution …
What are the Decorative Arts?
Decorative Art represents everything that surrounds us—Discover an array of ancient objects, ornaments and more to learn about their use in the past.
What is Folk Art?
At the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, your ticket, pass, or membership grants you access to two art museums under one roof. One of these is the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum. But what does “folk art” mean anyway?American folk art has many labels, but none fully define the …
Completing the Ensemble
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s collections include garments for men, women, and children dating mainly from ca. 1725 to 1840. Costumes in the Art Museums are typically displayed with appropriate undergarments, wigs, and accessories to provide guests as much historical context as possible. When an ensemble cannot be completed with original …
John Custis IV (1678-1749)(1) not only had one of Williamsburg’s most important gardens, but he also had one of the largest art collections in the city. His interests came together in 1730 when a Kensington nurseryman named Robert Furber (c. 1674 – 1756) published twelve engravings of flowers that served …
Call it Macaroni
Who knew Macaroni had an association with fashion and cultural history in the 1800s. Read on to discover what the term meant and how it exploded to popularity.
Conservation of the Menokin Stairway
With the expansion of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, new galleries provide exciting possibilities for new exhibitions. A bold and dramatic new arrangement features several architectural fragments displayed on the high walls of the skylit Pamela J. and James D. Penny Court, in the heart of the Dewitt Wallace …
A Plenty-full Table
Today we’re featuring a centerpiece, which you can see in the exhibition “British Masterworks: Ninety Years of Collecting at Colonial Williamsburg” currently on view in the Miodrag and Elizabeth Ridgely Blagojevich Gallery at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, one of the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and home to …