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Furnishing Blandwood – Changing Taste in Antebellum America, First of a Two-Part Series
October 2, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
When the New York architect Alexander Jackson Davis in 1844 came to Greensboro and designed what became one of the country’s earliest Tuscan villas, he and his client, the visionary Governor John Motley Morehead, collaborated on furnishing Blandwood’s interior. The recommendations and selections made by both enterprising men—especially with regard to art and furniture—reflect shifting tastes in mid-nineteenth century America. A digital presentation highlights the historic artifacts owned by the Moreheads, including some new discoveries, and elucidates the roles played by these progressive men devoted to the arts. Each presentation is by Judith Z. Cushman Hammer, decorative arts lecturer and writer. Both free presentations last 1.5 hours and can be enjoyed as a stand-alone event.