In 1946, amid a “Cold War” conflict that emerged between the United States and the Soviet Union after World War II, the Department of State embarked on an innovative program of cultural diplomacy. At the heart of this initiative was a project known as Advancing American Art.
This focused exhibition of decorative arts coincides with the seventh biennial Henry D. Green Symposium of the Decorative Arts and will highlight new acquisitions and other objects of importance in furniture, silver and other mediums.
This periodically rotating exhibition of Belleek porcelain comprises masterworks from the comprehensive and noted collection of Linda N. Beard. The roots of Belleek porcelain production lay in the lands of John Caldwell Bloomfield, who in 1849 had a geologic survey of his property in the village of Belleek, County Fermanagh, in what would later become Northern Ireland, that revealed rich deposits of minerals.jam
With the completion of Phase II, 13 new galleries now house a significantly larger portion of the Georgia Museum of Art's permanent collection, including many of the 100 American paintings that made up Alfred Heber Holbrook's founding gift, with which the museum first opened its doors in November 1948. Holbrook's vision of permanently exhibiting treasures from the museum's collection is, at last, realized.