This lecture is part of RoCA’s new series: The Luminary Artists of Rockland.
Thursday, March 11 at 7:00pm (a Q & A will follow the presentation)
Self-declared "maker of useful things" Eva Zeisel was a Hungarian-born American industrial designer known for her work with ceramics, primarily from the period after she emigrated to the United States. Her forms are often abstractions of the natural world and human relationships, unusual and inviting takes on what we take for granted. In the middle years of the 20th century, Zeisel’s works could be found on the tabletops of many homes. Her designs are not only prized by collectors but continue to be sold today. What once was merely mundane and blandly functional suddenly had a magic beyond mere purpose.
This lecture, packed with examples of Zeisel’s works and details both personal and professional, presents her to new and established devotees. Hosted by Jean Richards, actress, Eva Zeisel expert—as well as her daughter and executor of her estate—this lecture brings scholarly insight into Eva Zeisel’s life and work: a woman who survived imprisonment in the revolutionary tumult of the Soviet-era, who journeyed to the United States and concocted legendary designs that redefined housewares, forever impacting American arts and culture during the post-war years—who was also a wife and a mother.
Zeisel’s acclaim is worldwide. Her work is in the permanent collections of such museums as the Met, MoMA, and the British Museum. She has also received the two highest civilian awards from the Hungarian government, as well as honorifics from numerous art and design schools from the world over. Eva Zeisel’s fame and influence will likely continue for years to come. This lecture makes the case for her as a titan of design.
Jean Richards is an actress and author of several children’s books. She appeared in the original Broadway productions of Fiddler on the Roof and The Rothschilds, and in many off- and off-off Broadway productions. Throughout her career she specialized in a variety of voice-overs: from medical demos to children’s stories. Jean is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
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The Luminary Artists of Rockland is made possible through a generous grant from The M&T Charitable Foundation and sponsorship from Kantrowitz, Goldhamer and Graifman, PC.
RoCA’s programs are made possible, in part, with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Funding is also made possible by the County of Rockland.
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