Thursday, February 27, 2014

New Exhibit: Globalization in Early American History

By Megan Piette, TWOILH intern.

A new exhibition opened last weekend at The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery at the College of the Holy Cross. Curator professor Patricia Johnston explains that the goal of the exhibition is to educate the community on the effects that globalization had on early America 1760 to 1820. Johnston co-curates with several of her seminar students. The exhibit includes items such as coats, porcelain, maps, engravings, and other artifacts that string together the story of global culture in central Massachusetts. Here is a taste of an article on the exhibit:

This time period is particularly interesting both because the culture of these early Americans was far more influenced by global culture than is commonly considered, and because the Revolutionary War marked a drastic change in consumer culture. “Colonial Americans really loved Asian luxury goods, all of the Asian imports were very expensive because you had to buy them through England. But after the revolution, ships went directly to China and India so the imports became much cheaper,” Johnston says.