Presentation Title: "Pitchers Tell a Thousand Words"
Dr Rachel Gotlieb will present "Pitchers Tell a Thousand Words," a chapter she is currently writing for her book, Ceramics in Victorian Painting and Literature: Meanings and Metaphors, which she is adapting from her PhD thesis. The conventions of representing a jug in the Victorian era dictated a particular grammar and a common rhetoric that writers and artists used consciously and unconsciously, critiqued, discarded or individualized and which was understood by readers and viewers. Jugs were looked upon as hybrid signifiers, containers of multiple meanings. Evidenced in the novel and paintings, jugs at once operated to hold liquids as well as contain values and hierarchies of Victorian life. Affordable and used by all, jugs traversed class distinctions and, as such, served as agents to the twists and turns of everyday life, acting as metaphors of love and death, fallen and elevated status, crime and punishment, conspicuous consumption and markers of domesticity and stability. Throughout her talk, Dr Gotlieb will share the challenges of adapting a thesis to book manuscript for peer review.
Dr. Rachel Gotlieb is an award winning ceramic, craft and design historian and writer who has curated over twenty exhibitions and published extensively on the subject. She is the 2017 Theodore Randall International Chair in Art and Design at Alfred University in New York. She teaches design history and curatorial practice at Sheridan College School of Craft and Design and Ontario College of Art and Design University. She served as the founding curator of the Design Exchange in Toronto, and co-wrote the landmark Design in Canada (Knopf Canada, 2001).
Talk, 12 noon in Art Bar +Projects. Bring your lunch.
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