On display through August 30 in the Class of 1965 Galleries in Rauner Special Collections Library
William Morris created a world of aesthetic rebellion. To him, the forces of modern industrial capital were destroying the products of noble labor and eroding the beauty of the human soul. Morris looked to an idealized past and imagined a socialist utopia devoted to the arts and crafts.
In his visions of this transformed world, Morris experimented in many areas of design. To most people, Morris is synonymous with late Victorian textiles, wallpapers, interior design—even the Morris Chair—but his ideals came most fully to fruition in the books he crafted. This exhibition looks at Morris’s socialist dreams as they played out in the realm of books—those he wrote, those he loved, and those he printed.
The exhibition was curated by Laura Braunstein, English Language and Literature Librarian, and Jay Satterfield, Special Collections Librarian, and is on display through August 30 in the Class of 1965 Galleries in Rauner Special Collections Library.
Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.