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[BKARTS] Alice C. Morse exhibition, book and related events



Dear Friends:

Mark your calendars. I hope that you will visit my exhibition and if you
are interested, you may also purchase my book of the same title,
published by the Grolier Club and available in time for the exhibition:

THE PROPER DECORATION OF BOOK COVERS: THE LIFE AND WORK OF ALICE C.
MORSE
FROM THE COLLECTION OF MINDELL DUBANSKY

Grolier Club, NYC
January 24 - March 7
-
University of Scranton
April 4 - May 2
(lecture on April 4)

Other events of interest during the NY exhibit: 

AT THE DONNELL LIBRARY: Tuesday, February 12: Lecture, "The Life and
Works of Alice C. Morse". Sponsored by the Metropolitan Chapter of the
Victorian Society of America, at the Donnell Library Auditorium, 53rd
Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, 6 PM, FREE and open to the
public.

AT THE GROLIER CLUB: Friday, February 22: A one-day symposium at the
Grolier Club on the History, Technology and Conservation of
Nineteenth-Century Publishers' bindings. Speakers include Sue Allen,
Robert Milevski, Todd Pattison, Stuart Walker and others. Sponsored by
the Guild of Book Workers New York Chapter. There will be a registration
fee for this event. For more information, contact Clare Manias,
cmanias@xxxxxxxxx or Georgia Southworth,
southworthconservation@xxxxxxxxxx More details to come from the GBW. 

Wednesday, February 27: Curator's chat, 5:30-7:30, FREE and open to the
public.



MORE ABOUT ALICE C. MORSE
The exhibition will include examples of all known books with covers
designed by Morse from 1887 to 1903. The books on display comprise the
only known complete collection of book covers with designs that can be
attributed to Morse (1863-1961).  The collection was begun in 1997,
after Dubansky discovered an uncataloged collection of fifty-eight
publishers' proof book covers by Morse in a storage area of The
Metropolitan Museum of Art.  The covers were a gift from Morse in 1923
and they had been exhibited in the Museum Library at that time. 

Alice C. Morse was raised in Brooklyn, New York. She was trained as a
designer at the Woman's Art School at Cooper Union in New York City.
Before going into book cover design, she studied with the well-known
stained glass artists, John LaFarge, and worked for several years as a
stained glass designer for Louis C. Tiffany. Morse's earliest
attributable book cover is for Seth's Brother's Wife, published by
Scribner's in 1887 and she remained active in this field until the early
years of the 20th century. From 1892-93 Morse served as the Chairman of
the Sub-Committee on Book-covers, Wood Engraving, and Illustration of
the New York State Board of Women Managers; and she is possibly most
known today for her chapter on women illustrators in Art and Handicraft
in the Woman's Building of the World's Columbian Exposition. In 1898,
Morse trained as a teacher at Pratt Institute and soon relocated to
Scranton, where she took a position as an arts administrator in the
school system. Morse retired in 1923, moved back to New York City and
died in the Bronx in 1961. 

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