The Walters Art Museum just announced a virtual event scheduled for Thursday 4 August from 6pm-7pm (Eastern U.S. time), tied into their current Majolica Mania exhibition, and specifically, its star attraction:
The star of the Majolica Mania exhibition is a five-foot-tall ceramic peacock nicknamed Percy. This impressive sculpture celebrates the beauty of the natural world while also being the product of an industrial process that polluted the environment. Uncannily lifelike, Percy was manufactured in Britain in the 1870s at the height of a widespread craze for majolica (named to invoke the tin-glazed maiolica of the Italian Renaissance). This ceramic peacock provides a fascinating jumping off point for discussing representations of nature, merging past histories with current artistic practices, and the costs and benefits of displaying the natural world. In this program, a curator, a zoo educator, and an artist will each share perspectives of the peacock from art historical, scientific, and artistic points of view. Join Jo Briggs, Jennie Walters Delano Curator of 18th- and 19th-Century Art at the Walters Art Museum, Sarah Peterson, Guest Engagement Coordinator at the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk, and artist Jason Piccoli in this lively, multidisciplinary conversation.
For more information and to add this event to your calendar, see the official Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/548285387027839/
For more information on the Majolica Mania exhibition, on display now through 7 August 2022, see the official exhibition page here: https://thewalters.org/exhibitions/majolica/