A Room of Their Own: The Bloomsbury Artists in American Collections

Main Gallery and Alsdorf Gallery

Room of their own
Vanessa Bell, Virginia Woolf, ca. 1912, oil on paper board. Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA, gift of Ann Safford Mandel, class of 1953.

Vanessa Bell, E. M. Forster, Roger Fry, John Maynard Keynes, Lytton Strachey, Virginia Woolf, and other artists and writers of the Bloomsbury group changed British culture as they brought art, literature, social thought, and domestic life into the modern age.

Explore their time, place and their lasting impact on our world through more than 150 paintings, works on paper, vintage small-press books, and decorative objects by Bell, Fry, Duncan Grant, and Dora Carrington, assembled from collections around the United States.

A Room of Their Own: The Bloomsbury Artists in American Collections and its catalogue were organized by the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, in conjunction with the Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, Durham, NC. The exhibition has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, promoting excellence in the humanities.

The exhibition’s presentation at the Block is supported by Lucia Woods Lindley and Daniel Lindley; the Alumnae of Northwestern University; Lawrence Kessel Bequest Endowment; Janis Wellin Notz and John Notz Jr.; Myers Foundations; Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; and the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation.