Exhibit focuses on stoneware
Published 5:28 pm, Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Gunn Memorial Museum in Washington is presenting an exhibit, "Art from the Earth: Early American Stoneware," through Oct. 14.
In addition, a special lecture about stoneware will be held Sept. 23.
The exhibit features more than 100 pieces of decorated stoneware, made in the Northeast between 1780 and 1880, assembled by Edwin and Thayer Hochberg, in addition to pieces from David Behnke and Paul Doherty, and Edward and Judith Kelz.
Many of the items in the exhibit are available to purchase, including the furniture from Monique Shay and all of the Hochberg stoneware, with a percentage of every sale donated to the museum.
The lecture will be offered Sept. 23 at 1 p.m.
Dr. Meta Janowitz of the African Burial Ground Project in New York City will discuss "Archaeological Evidence of Early Stoneware in Manhattan."
The African Burial Ground project began in 1991, when during excavation work for a new federal office building, workers discovered the skeletal remains of the first of more than 400 men, women and children.
Further investigation revealed that during the 17th and 18th centuries, free and enslaved Africans were buried in a 6.6-acre burial ground in lower Manhattan outside the boundaries of the settlement of New Amsterdam, which would become New York.
Over the decades, the unmarked cemetery was covered over by development and landfill.
Today the site is a National Monument featuring a distinctive memorial that commemorates the story of the African Burial Ground--the single-most important, historic urban archaeological project undertaken in the United States.
The exhibit will be open Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. at the Wykeham Road museum.
For more information and registration for the lecture, call 860-868-7756 or visit www.gunnlibrary.org.