Thursday, March 22, 2012


Morris Museum introduces a Spring 3-part Lecture Series that explores the intersection of art and science through stimulating topics and speakers selected to spark curiosity and discovery.

At the Crossroads of Art and Science

WHERE: Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike) in Morristown
TICKETS: Tickets for all three lectures are $40; single tickets are $15.
For registration, call 973.971.3706.

Song Ceramics Qingbai Figure of Guanyin WThe first lecture in the series takes place on Saturday, March 24, at 6:30 PM, and is part of the opening reception for the museum’s major exhibition of Chinese ceramics, Harmony in Clay: The Elegance and Refinement of Song Ceramics. Rosemary Scott, International Academic Director, Asian Art at Christie’s, and an internationally renowned scholar, curator and author, will present an insightful program on Chinese ceramics. The title of the talk is “Artistic Refinement and Technological Innovation: Chinese Ceramics of the 10th-14th Centuries.” Tea and Chinese sweets will be served following the program.

The second lecture addresses the question Can Design Be Life-Changing?, based on the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and Gustav Stickley. On Thursday, April 12, at 7:30 PM. Wright and Stickley’s impact will be the focus of a discussion with Donna Grant Reilly, author of An American Proceeding: Building the Grant House with Frank Lloyd Wright and Peter Mars, vice chair of the Board of Trustees at the Stickley Museum at Craftsman farms, Morris Plains, NJ. Ms. Reilly’s book tells the story of her parents building a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Mr. Mars is a furniture and home product designer. Ms. Reilly will sign copies of her book after the program. Dessert and coffee will be served following the program.

Rothenberg  in ArcticThe Survival of the Beautiful is the final lecture in the spring series, and takes its title from a recent book by speaker David Rothenberg. On Wednesday, May 9, at 7:30 PM, Mr. Rothenberg will present his revolutionary examination of the interplay between beauty, art and culture in evolution. He will provide music for his talk, and will sign copies of his book following the program. David Rothenberg is an author, philosopher, musician and humanities professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark. Dessert and coffee will be served following the program.

About the Morris Museum

The Morris Museum is an award-winning, community-based arts and cultural institution which serves the public through the presentation of high caliber permanent and changing exhibitions in the arts, sciences and humanities.  The Museum also offers educational programs, family events, and is home to the Bickford Theatre and its wide range of performing arts offerings. Continuously serving the public since 1913, the Morris Museum has been designated a Major Arts Institution and has received the New Jersey State Council on the Arts’ Citation of Excellence, among other awards. In 2013 the museum will celebrate its Centennial Anniversary.  These programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; the F.M. Kirby Foundation and the New Jersey Cultural Trust. Harmony in Clay is sponsored by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.

The Museum is open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 11 AM to 5 PM; Thursday, 11 AM to 8 PM; and Sunday, 1-5 PM. Admission to the museum is $10 for adults and $7 for children, students and senior citizens. Admission is always free for museum members and is free to the public every Thursday between 5 and 8 PM. For more information, call 973.971.3700, or visit


Qingbai Figure of Guanyin, Southern Song (1127-1279), Jiyuanshanfang Collection.

Book Cover: An American Proceeding: Building the Grant House with Frank Lloyd Wright by Donna Grant Reilly.

Image: David Rothenberg, author of The Survival of the Beautiful, playing soprano saxophone in the Arctic, off the islands of Svalbard, Norway. Photo by Andrea Galvani