Current Exhibitions

Henry Chapman Mercer (1856-1930) Plus Ultra, 1912, earthenware,

13 1/2 x 10 inches. Moravian Pottery and Tile Works

Plus Ultra:

Moravian Tiles of the New World

on view through August 16

During the Age of Exploration, the motto “Plus Ultra” reflected the belief that there was “more beyond” the known realm. The phrase was also used as a personal motto by Henry Chapman Mercer (1856-1930), the mastermind behind the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Mercer, who founded the Arts and Crafts style pottery in 1898, was a man of great and varied expertise in history, archaeology and craft. First produced in 1912, his epic relief tile cycle of the New World originally consisted of 29 tiles, though he continued to add to the series over the years, expanding to more than 70 tiles.

The exhibition features 25 of the original tile designs of the New World series which were commissioned for a gracious home in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, where they remained for nearly seventy years. This exhibition marks the first reinstallation of these tiles, which will be displayed in continuous frieze as they were originally intended.

Oscar Cesare (1885-1948) Uncle Sam—Capitol or White House? circa 1937, ink wash on paper. Gift of Valentine Cesare, 1992

Orson Lowell (1871-1956) He Admitted He Got an Entirely New Slant on My Stuff, ca. 1930, ink on paper. Gift of Jane Collette Wilcox, 1982

Pointed Pens: Comic Commentary

in American Cartoons

on view through August 23

From the maze-like contraptions of Rube Goldberg to the incisive political drawings of Thomas Nast, cartoons rivet public attention to issues of the day through their comic wit and visual satire.

This exhibition features a fascinating collection of over 30 works created between 1880 and 1945, selected from the Museum's rich collection of American illustration. It includes cartoons by some of America's most famous illustrators of the late 19th through early 20th centuries, including Oscar Cesare, Charles Dana Gibson, Rube Goldberg, John Held, Jr., Edward Kemble, Rockwell Kent, Orson Lowell, Rose O'Neill, Frederic Burr Opper, Thomas Nast and many others. Their drawings show a variety of styles and techniques that render incisive visual opinions about topical events, from political issues, business practices, and social morés, to even the act of viewing art.


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