Memorial Lecture in Honor of Stephen Gray
Art and Reform: The Saturday Evening Girls Club and the Paul Revere Pottery
Nonie Gadsden, Katharine Lane Weems Senior Curator of
American Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
5:30 pm Reception
6:30 pm Lecture begins – Aetna Theater
Join us for a lecture in honor of the late collector, Stephen Gray, by Arts and Crafts expert, Nonie Gadsden, Katharine Lane Weems Senior Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture at the MFA, Boston. This lecture is free and open to the public.
Program introduced by special guest, Barbara Fuldner, the great-granddaughter of Gustav Stickley. Gadsden will trace the birth of the Saturday Evening Girls’ club in 1899, its development of cultural activities for Italian and Jewish immigrant girls living in the tenements of Boston’s North End, and its founding of the Paul Revere Pottery in 1908. The playful ceramics produced by the Saturday Evening Girls feature barnyard animals, native flowers, and rural landscapes in the stylized manner of the Arts and Crafts style.
Sponsored by the Decorative Arts Council of the Wadsworth Atheneum.