Bloomsbury Artists

Nancy Green, The Gale and Ira Drukier Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs for Cornell University’s Johnson Art Museum, will present a fascinating illustrated discussion about the Bloomsbury artists On Wednesday, October 14th at 6:00 PM in the Thaler/Howell Programming Room.

This program is being held in conjunction with the Johnson Museum’s current exhibit, A Room of Their Own: The Bloomsbury Artists in American Collections on view at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University through October 18, 2009.

(This talk was postponed from its originally scheduled time of Wednesday, October 7, 2009.)

The output of the artists in the Bloomsbury group—including paintings, prints, drawings, decorative arts and designs, books, and other works—exemplified the breadth and strength of their complex talents and revealed their responses to war, industry, sexuality, and the environment. The work of Vanessa Bell (Virginia Woolf’s sister), Duncan Grant, Roger Fry, and Dora Carrington, as well as works produced by Fry’s Omega Workshops and books from the Woolfs’ Hogarth Press, represents the very heart of Bloomsbury.

The Schoolroom, 1931 by Vanessa BellVanessa Bell (British, 1879–1961)
The Schoolroom, 1931
Color lithograph
Collection of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University. Acquired through the generosity of Janet and Bob Liebowitz. Vanessa Bell (British, 1879–1961)

"Cat," 1930s
Decorative design “Cat,” 1930s
Gouache on board
Private collection Dora Carrington (British, 1893–1932)

Begonias, 1927Begonias, 1927
Oil on canvas
Collection of Mary Ann Caws, New York


Credits: © Estate of Vanessa Bell, courtesy Henrietta Garnett. Photos by Julie Magura and Laura Kozlowski, Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University.A Room of Their Own, organized by the Johnson Museum, includes nearly two hundred works created over a fifty-year period from both public and private collectors in the United States and was previously on view at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. It will travel to Mills College Art Museum in California, the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, the Smith College Museum of Art in Massachusetts, and the Palmer Museum of Art at The Pennsylvania State University.

A Room of Their Own has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, promoting excellence in the humanities.

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For further information about this exhibit contact Sally Grubb at, or call 607-272-4557.

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