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Sailor Made Lecture Series: “With Loving Care He Wrought” with Nicole Williams, Ph.D.

October 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

CT United States

Join us for a free online lecture series related to the upcoming exhibit, “Sailor Made: Folk Art of the Sea,” which brings rarely-seen hand-crafted artifacts from the Museum’s collection to light, including scrimshaw, knotwork, wood carving, ship models, toys, and drawing and sketching. Three different speakers will explore Sailor Made from different perspectives, and encourage participants to dig deeper into the stories of the objects and their creators. Join us for one, or all three!

The Sailor Made lecture series is funded by Connecticut Humanities, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which supports cultural and historic organizations that tell the state’s stories, build community, and enrich lives.

“’With loving care he wrought:’ Maritime America, Nostalgia, and the Arts and Crafts Movement, 1900-1940″ with Nicole Williams, Ph.D.

Nicole Williams specializes in American art, material culture, and design of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Her research interests include craftsmanship in the age of industry, intersections between art and the law, the politics of monumental sculpture, and representations of women and gender. Nicole is curator of the exhibit “Global Vistas: American Art and Internationalism in the Gilded Age,” which opened at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum in August 2020. Nicole received her BA from Harvard University and her PhD from Yale University in 2019. Her presentation will explore how artists, writers, and museum designers of the early twentieth century shaped a lasting image of the American whaling industry as a preindustrial craft practice, informed by the international Arts and Crafts movement and by the social and environmental consequences of rapid industrialization in New England. She will also examine how their vision of sailors as free and happy artisans who carved scrimshaw, tied knots, and sewed sails, obscured whaling’s proto-industrial character.

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October 21
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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