The Second World War was at its time, the most documented war in human history. The entire war was photographed from start to finish by professional photographers and regular civilians caught up in one of the most turbulent times of the 20th century. Nearly every event around the world was documented with photographs to create a record of what happened. From the beaches of Normandy to the Holocaust, and even in the snowy mountains of Attu located in the North Pacific, cameras went everywhere. The rolls of film shot during those epic years were saved on cameras either brought home by servicemen or were captured on battlefields by their former owners. These snapshots from a private local collection provide unique views of the war, often by those who fought it.
The style of visual arts, architecture, and design known as Art Deco first appeared in France just before World War I and flourished through the "Roaring Twenties" and up until the beginning of WWII. It emphasized streamlined form in keeping with a "modern" age of speed and rapid advancements in the design of buildings, furniture, jewelry, fashion, cars, movie theaters, trains, ocean liners, and everyday objects. It was also the style of the Jazz Age, Flappers, and Prohibition as a new freewheeling culture emerged and women were allowed more comfortable clothing such as menswear and danced in short dresses and cut their hair short. This exhibition brings paintings, sculpture, graphic, and decorative arts together from the collection to look at the many ways this style manifested itself in Western culture nearly 100 years ago.
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.