Past Exhibits 2000 to 2004

Flights of FancyFlights of Fancy: New Jersey Waterfowl Decoys (Jun 2004 – Jan 2005)

Decoys are tools that have been used by hunters for many years in the hunting of waterfowl. Once an important tool for the commercial hunter in early America, decoys are now carved for both the recreational hunter and for the collector. This exhibit highlighted the process used to make decoys and the art of the final product.

samplerWoman’s Work: Domestic Handicrafts in the 19th Century (Jan 2004 – Jun 2004)

From the ordinary housewife, whose plain sewing provided her family with clothing and linens, to the women of privilege whose forays into handiwork tended toward the decorative, virtually all American women in the 1800s practiced some form of domestic handicraft. This exhibit offered a glimpse into the work of these individuals in terms of needlework, lace, hooked rugs, and woven coverlets along with the tools and devices used to create these works.

NJ FolkNew Jersey Folk: Celebrating our Diversity (Jun 2003 – Jan 2004)

Over the many years of New Jersey’s existence, there have been many immigrants who have called the state home. This exhibit explored the ways in which New Jersey’s material culture reflects the contributions and adaptations of migrants and immigrant ethnic groups throughout the state’s history to the present.

rough-cut-thumbsangelsmKen  Olsen Retrospective (Feb 2003 – Jun 2003)

In this exhibit, METC celebrated the work of Madison-based artist Ken Olsen and his characteristic American Folk Art style. The exhibit featured a variety of his works including whirligigs, weathervanes, toys,  and sculptures that Olsen referred to as “whimsies.” Many of the pieces poke lighthearted fun at historical figures like Abraham Lincoln, Benjamin Franklin, and George Washington.  Others are an ingenious combination of carvings, paper mache, and found objects united by Olsen’s considerable artistic and engineering talents.

Reviving and Reinventing the PastReviving and Reinventing the Past (Jul 2002 – Jan 2003)

The Colonial Revival movement emerged in the United States during the country’s centennial celebrations around 1876.  Spanning from about 1876 to 1932, this movement idolized the life of individuals in the pre-industrialization era by emulating colonial culture in literature, art, architecture, the decorative arts, and interior decoration.  This exhibit explored the Colonial Revival movement as a way of life and how the movement presented itself in the material culture of the time.

surveyors transitMaking their Mark: Surveyors and Surveying in New Jersey (Feb 2002 – Jul 2002)

The art and science of surveying had a powerful impact on the development of America’s resources and, ultimately, its history. Many surveyors’ instruments are spectacular machines as interesting for their craftsmanship as they are for their use. This exhibit featured a variety of tools of the surveyor’s trade including surveying compasses, Gunther chains, Jacob’s Staff, adilades and much more. Also featured were survey maps that charted the development of Morris County.

2002 State of CraftState of the Craft: Contemporary Interpretations of Tradition (Jul 2001 – Feb 2002)

As a juried contemporary craft show, this exhibit featured the works of forty-one craftspeople from across the nation. This exhibit highlighted how modern artists used pre-industrial techniques to create works of art. Those wishing to see the objects that were on display can look at the exhibit catalog which is in the museum’s library.

iron oreFrom Raw to Wrought (Jan 2001-Jul 2001)

This exhibit examined the process of turning raw materials into utilitarian objects and works of art. It followed the process of working ore from the retrieval of the ore to the finished product. Also on display were samples of ore like willemite, franklinite, zincite, and magnetite and precious metals and gems from all around the world.

200 Time Made VisibleTime Made Visible: An Exhibit on Timepieces and Time (Jun 2000- Dec 2000)

The American experience of time has changed drastically in two hundred years. This exhibit chronicled the American experience of time in the 18th and 19th centuries through the various clocks produced at that time and the individuals who produced them. The exhibit also highlighted the museum’s Seth Thomas Clock Company tower clock which is over 100 years old and was running at the time of the exhibit with its original weights. More information on our tower clock can be found on our website here.