Art Nouveau was a French term given to a movement that dominated European decorative arts in the years c. 1890-1910. Partly in reaction to the rise of machine-made objects, this elegant style embraced natural, curvilinear lines in subject matter and form as it overtook architecture, graphic art, interior design, and most of the decorative arts including jewelry, furniture, textiles, household silver and other utensils, and lighting, as well as the fine arts. MOAS has many fine examples of Art Nouveau in graphic art, sculpture, glass, porcelain and brass and these will be showcased in an exhibition outside the Bouchelle Gallery for International Decorative Arts.
The Coca-Cola Company is famous for its advertising which has taken many forms over the company’s long history. In 1891 Coca-Cola began using calendars as promotional material. The calendars were some of the company’s most popular advertising tools and they remain popular today. They offer a window into the popular culture and art of their respective years.
The personalities and stories that populate the mythological cosmos of the ancient Greeks are woven throughout the history of Western culture. The exploits of Zeus, Hera, Apollo, Venus, Hermes, Diana, Bacchus and a host of many others have been retold in countless ways in all areas of the arts – visual, performing, literary – for centuries since the height of ancient Greek culture from the 8th – 3rd centuries B.C. This exhibition brings to light the colorful characters and tales of Greek mythology as represented in various types of objects in the MOAS collections and shows that the legacy of one of the world’s oldest cultures is still alive and well.
On February 26, 2011, the Museum of Arts and Science (MOAS) hosted the opening of the new 4,400 square foot addition of the Helene B. Roberson Visible Storage Building. A more-than-generous donation from Helene B. Roberson and funding from the Volusia County ECHO program supported the construction of the new addition.
After three years of planning and one year of construction, the now 4,000 square foot gallery finally opened its highly-anticipated North Wing (now part of a larger North Wing), also known as “Arts in America: 1700- 1900” on May 20, 1986. This museum gallery was the only one of its kind in the state of Florida at the time. The historic new gallery was designed to showcase selections from the Museum’s large and growing American collection of furniture, paintings, watercolors, drawings, and decorative arts including silver and glass. The gallery is interpreted chronologically with emphasis on the Pilgrim Century, the Eighteenth Century and the American Victorian Period.
This one-of-a-kind gallery is highlighted by 18th and 19th century silver, gold, furniture, mirrors, and other art objects. The Anderson C. Bouchelle Study Center and Gallery for International Decorative Arts and its adjacent gallery contain over 600 objects from the Museum’s collections. From the Carrera marble statue of a classical maiden at the gallery entrance, to the richly-colored Tiffany-inspired Romeo and Juliet glass door at the rear, this gallery installation is a feast of the decorative arts.
Established in 1996, the Schulte Gallery showcases over 80 pieces of Chinese art representing thousands of years of Chinese history. The collection includes a selection of decorative Chinese arts donated to the Museum from the Schulte family, along with works of art from other donors.