Opening reception for the exhibition "Global Encounters in Early America," curated by Patricia Johnston, Rev. J. Gerard Mears, S.J., Chair in Fine Arts and professor of art history, with Holy Cross Curatorial Seminar students Brigit Baines ‘16, Katherine Benjamin ‘15, Caroline Fador ‘14, Abigail Hynes-Houston ‘14, Gregory Joyce ‘14, Maddie Klett ‘14 and Lily Meehan ‘14.
"Global Encounters in Early America" explores the global visual culture circulating in early America before 1840. Over 100 objects are on display in the exhibition, including several rare maps dating from the 1700s, as well a display re-creating a ladies’ afternoon tea.
A tea party brought together materials from all over the globe. Asian tea was poured from silver teapots, whose metal originated in South America, into Chinese porcelain teacups and sweetened with sugar from Barbados or other islands. The tea table, of British design, was made from Caribbean mahogany. Early Americans were very aware that the luxury goods they prized were the result of global trade.
The reception will include traditional afternoon tea refreshments.
Thursday, February 20
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