Morse Museum Of American Art
Jeannette Genius McKean founded the Museum in 1942 on the campus of Rollins College, naming it the Morse Gallery of Art in honor of her grandfather, Chicago industrialist and Winter Park philanthropist Charles Hosmer Morse. Hugh F. McKean, then an art professor at the college, was appointed director. In 1957, the McKeans rescued architectural elements, furniture, and windows from Laurelton Hall, Louis Comfort Tiffany's Long Island estate. Over a period of almost fifty years, the couple went on to assemble extensive holdings of Tiffany objects for the Morse â€” what is today the world's most comprehensive collection of the designer's work.
The Museum moved to 151 E. Welbourne Avenue in 1977 and its name was changed to The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art. The Morse opened at its current location, 445 North Park Avenue, on July 4, 1995. The galleries were developed from former bank and office buildings. The redesign linked two buildings with a tower in a simple modified Mediterranean style meant to blend with the surrounding cityscape. Today, after an additional expansion to install the Tiffany Chapel from the 1893 Chicago world's fair, the Museum has more than 11,000 square feet of exhibition space â€” nearly three times the gallery space in its former location on Welbourne Avenue.
he centerpiece of the Morse Museum collection is undoubtedly the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany. The Museum's collection of Tiffany's work includes fine examples in every medium he explored, in every kind of work he produced and from every period of his life.
DICKENS TO BENTON â€” RARE BOOKS AND WORKS ON PAPER FROM THE
January 30, 2007 to October 14, 2007:
This exhibition marks the first major showing of the strong and charming group of books, prints, and drawings that Hugh and Jeannette McKean so fondly assembled in their years of collecting. This collection spans almost a hundred years â€“ from an 1844 edition of Charles Dickensâ€™ Martin Chuzzlewit to a 1941 lithograph by Thomas Hart Benton â€“ and embraces some of the finest European and American artists of this dynamic era of design reform and artistic experimentation. Book highlights include the childrenâ€™s illustrations of Kate Greenaway, the sensual graphics of Aubrey Beardsley, and the Medieval-inspired designs of William Morris. The list of artists represented among the prints and drawings on exhibit is no less illustrious: Mary Cassatt, Paul CĂ©zanne, Ă‰douard Manet, Paul Gauguin, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Arthur Bowen Davies, and Edward Hopper. The beautiful and fragile works in this exhibition represent many different paths that design took from the mid-nineteenth century to the representative art of the 1940s and provide in this single setting another more personal view of the McKeans as collectors.
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Take the Winter Park exit off I-4 (Exit 87), Fairbanks Avenue, east to Park Avenue; turn left through four traffic lights to the Museum, 445 North Park Avenue.
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