Join us for a gallery conversation with Kirstin Gotway, curatorial intern and doctoral student in Art History. She will discuss, "A Civilized Table: The Visual Power of 19th-century Transferware" in the exhibition Blue and White Ceramics: An Enduring Global Obsession
During this gallery conversation, visitors will have an opportunity to view several pieces of 19th-century transferware in the KAM collection that are not typically on view. Kirstin Gotway will talk about common themes found in transferware decoration and how these themes reflect the growing middle class and international markets for ceramics. She will give a 'behind the scenes' look at several works, discussing makers' marks and manufacture of transferware from this period.
Kirstin Gotway is a second-year Ph.D. student studying British art of the 19th century advised by David O'Brien, professor of Art History. Gotway's research interests include decorative arts, Orientalism, and works on paper. Before starting at the University of Illinois, she worked for nine years in the curatorial department of the Indianapolis Museum of Art (now Newfields). During the fall 2018 semester, Gotway researched KAM's transferware collection as a curatorial intern under the direction of Maureen Warren, curator of American and European Art. She has two forthcoming articles highlighting the collection to be published this spring in Transferware Collectors Club.