10 May 2009

Morris Society Visit to the Greene and Green exhibition, 23 May in Washington, DC

On Saturday, 23 May, the William Morris Society is organizing a visit to the exhibition, The Art and Craft of Greene and Greene, at the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC. We'll gather for lunch afterwards at a nearby restaurant. Open to all--you do not have to be a member of the society to come.

About the exhibition: the architecture and decorative arts designed by Charles Greene (1868–1957) and his brother Henry Greene (1870-1954) a century ago in California are recognized as among the finest of the American arts and crafts movement. The Greenes carefully considered every detail of the buildings and objects they designed, incorporating European, Asian and Native American influences. Like Frank Lloyd Wright, they believed architecture to be a design language for life, imbuing their projects with a sensitivity for geography, climate, landscape and lifestyle. The Art and Craft of Greene & Greene, the most comprehensive exhibition of the brothers' work to date, examines their legacy with 127 objects, including furniture, stained glass and metalwork, as well as rare architectural drawings and photographs. The exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Gamble House, constructed between 1907 and 1909 in Pasadena, CA, which is one of the Greenes' best-known commissions.
Saturday, 23 May 2009
11 a. m.
Renwick Gallery
1661 Pennsylvania Avenue NW (at 17th Street)
Washington, DC

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