Useful and Beautiful: Decorative Arts Highlights

Flint Institute of Arts
1120 East Kearsley Street,
Flint, MI 48503
Highlighting decorative arts from the FIA collection, this exhibition demonstrates that art can be both beautiful and useful. Decorative arts includes objects such as vases, teapots, dinnerware, and musical instruments. These objects were made with a wide variety of materials, including glass, ceramics, metal, and wood. Decorative arts as a category was created in Europe after the Renaissance in distinction from the “fine arts” of painting and sculpture by designating objects that are utilitarian but also artfully crafted. During the 19th-century Arts and Crafts movement in England and the United States, there was a greater appreciation for the decorative arts, with many championing the idea that there was no meaningful difference between fine and decorative. In other cultures, like China, this distinction would not have been relevant, as the most valued works include those that could be categorized as “decorative.”

Image: Liberty & Co., British, founded London, 1875. Chalice, ca. 1890. Pewter and glass. 6 x 5 x 5 inches. Gift of Janis and William Wetsman, 2016.23
Event Dates
February 29, 2020
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
March 1, 2020
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
March 2, 2020
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
March 3, 2020
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
March 4, 2020
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
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