National Centennial Exhibition
March 18 to June 26, 2006
Viktor Schreckengost is one of the most influential
and prolific artists/designers in America. His work spans over eight
decades and includes a multitude of mediums, including ceramics,
painting, stage design, graphics, and industrial design. His most
well known work includes the Jazz Bowl, the first Mercury bicycle,
and the first cab-over-engine truck. Examples of his designs and
graphics in the home can be seen in dinnerware, lawn furniture,
lighting fixtures, and baby walkers.
Schreckengost, who was awarded the Binns Medal
by the NYSCC at Alfred University in 1938, will celebrate his 100th
birthday on June 26. In honor of this occasion, the Viktor Schreckengost
Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio has organized The Viktor Schreckengost
National Centennial Celebration. One hundred museums and galleries
across the United States will display his work for 100 days leading
up to his birthday, from March 18 to June 26, 2006.
Participating in this celebration, the Schein-Joseph
International Museum of Ceramic Art will feature two plates and
two bowls from American Limoges in the Manhattan, Flower Shop pattern.
In addition, the American Girl Collection has generously lent us
their doll “Molly” with her miniature replicas of Schreckengost’s
dinnerware featuring the same pattern. These are displayed in a
hallway case outside the Museum. For more information on Viktor
and this celebration, you can visit the Viktor Schreckengost Foundation’s
website at www.viktorschreckengost.org.
Limoges, Manhattan, Flower Shop, dinner plate, 1935, diam.
9” gift of Gerald Eggert, 2000.149