Art Exhibits

William Morris: Designing an Earthly Paradise

When: Sun., Oct. 29 2017

This weekend, the Cleveland Museum of Art debuts another spectacular fall exhibition. William Morris: Designing an Earthly Paradise opens during regular museum hours today in the Arlene M. and Arthur S. Holden Textile Gallery (Gallery 234). Morris (1834-1896) was an English textile designer and major contributor to the revival of traditional textile arts and production methods in England in the 19th century). His rich patterns combined natural elements with complex geometric patterns, showing the underlying geometry of nature. The CMA’s exhibition includes woven and block-printed textiles from throughout Morris’ career from the CMA’s permanent collection, as well as volumes of Morris’ intricately designed books from the CMA’s nearly complete collection of books by Kelmscott Press and an embroidery by Morris’ daughter, May, on loan from the Cranbrook Art Museum. Designing an Earthly Paradise remains on view through Nov. 11. Admission is free. (Usmani)

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