American 19-20th Century Decorative Arts



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As of 6/12/12 Resource Library contained 371 pages containing the phrase "decorative arts."


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American Craft Council Library Digital Collections posted online as of 2013 an Exhibition Catalog Collection with links to online catalogues containing essays.

Cooper-Hewitt Museum, The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Design, offered freely online as of 2013 over 25 titles highlighting the Museum's collections, published between 1978 and 1987 including Current Craft Perspectives: Third Annual Exhibition of Artist-Craftsmen of New York, Inc., Craftsmen Preview the 'Sixties: Second Annual Exhibition of Artist-Craftsmen of New York, Inc.

The Games We Played: American Board and Table Games from the Liman Collection, an exhibit held September 20 - December 11, 2005 at the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum. Note: This website does not provide URLs for past exhibits. Accessed October, 2014

Quest of Beauty-Louis Comfort Tiffany's Life and Art, an exhibit held November 06, 2007 through January 24, 2011 at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art. Includes Exhibition Object Guide (pdf), Gallery Guide (PDF), Highlights. Accessed July, 2014

Stories in Sterling: Four Centuries of Silver in New York, an exhibit held January 28 - April 20, 2014 at the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum. Includes press reviews. Note: This website does not provide URLs for past exhibits. Accessed June, 2014

The Smithsonian American Art Museum provides streaming media programming. Some videos are available through the Museum's website section Online Exhibitions for selected exhibitions, and others through a YouTube channel. The virtual exhibition The White House Collection of American Crafts contains several streaming videos. The Introduction section features three videos with introductions by Dr. Elizabeth Braun, Director, SAAM, Hillary Rodham Clinton, First Lady, and Michael Monroe, Curator-in-Charge, Renwick Gallery. .Accessed May, 2015.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum provides the virtual exhibition The White House Collection of American Crafts which ontains audio clips by Michael Monroe, Curator-in-Charge, Renwick Gallery. Mr. Monroe conducts a ten-part tour of the collection with both audio and video elements. Many objects in the collection are accompanied by audio clips. Accessed May, 2015.


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