Lunch and Learn: George W. Morrison, New Albany’s Old Master Painter
Tuesday, January 19 | Noon – 1 PM
The Carnegie Center for Art and History, a department of the Floyd County Library, is pleased to present this hour-long, online art history program about George William Morrison (1820 – 1893), an early Indiana painter whose remarkable career centered in New Albany. December 22, 2020 marked the bicentennial of Morrison’s birth in Baltimore, Maryland and the Carnegie Center has undertaken an exhibition in his honor that will fill the museum’s front galleries. The pandemic has affected planning for the exhibition, entitled G.W. Morrison at 200, but it will open to the public on February 5, 2021 and is scheduled to be on display until April 10, 2021. Carnegie Center staff member, Al Gorman, is the curator of the Morrison exhibition and will be January’s Lunch and Learn presenter.
Gorman’s talk will be a prequel to this special exhibition that has been more than three years in the planning. This exhibition will go far in clarifying aspects of Morrison’s fifty-year career spent mostly in New Albany, Indiana. The museum’s Morrison Collection will be on full display along with newly discovered, donated, borrowed, and conserved artworks that will enlarge what we know about Morrison, his family, and artistic achievements.
The Floyd County Library through its museum, the Carnegie Center for Art and History, is the largest repository of this rare artist’s work. About a third of the known paintings by G.W. Morrison are cared for at the museum and previously undocumented works are joyously still being discovered. The G.W. Morrison at 200 exhibition will highlight several recent and important discoveries including artworks and other primary source materials relating to the Morrison family. This exhibition will be supported by loans of artwork from local collectors and the Filson Historical Society of Louisville, Kentucky will loan paintings from their esteemed collection.
Al Gorman is the Coordinator of Public Programs and Engagement at the Carnegie Center for Art and History and has been with the Floyd County Library for over five years. A practicing artist, Gorman is also a former curator with over a hundred organized exhibitions including retrospectives with catalogs for local sculptor Barney Bright (1997) and outsider artist, Mark Anthony Mulligan (2005).
Image: George W. Morrison, Prize Livestock of Thornburgh Farm, Posey Township, Fayette County, IN, c. 1850, framed oil on canvas. Photo by Al Gorman.