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Author Adele, Lynne, author.

Title As above, so below : art of the American fraternal society, 1850-1930 / Lynne Adele & Bruce Lee Webb ; foreword by David Byrne.

Publication Info. Austin : University of Texas Press, 2015.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction    366.0973 ADE    Available
1 copy being processed for GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction.
Edition First edition.
Description xxi, 266 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-259) and index.
Summary "There is an inspiring and wacky solemnity in these organizations high values reinforced through pageantry and performance in an ecumenical social setting which deep down must also have been a whole lot of fun. Now it s as if that foundational Other America, that underpinning of the America we know, has gradually eroded, and here we remain, living in a world that is a mere shell, a movie set, of the world that made our world manifest, that brought it into being, and all we have left are these perplexing masks, banners, and costumes to puzzle over." - David Byrne, from the foreword. Featuring more than two hundred outstanding objects gathered from private and public collections, "As Above, So Below" provides the first comprehensive survey of the rich vein of art created during the golden age of the American fraternal society. By the turn of the twentieth century, an estimated 70,000 local lodges affiliated with hundreds of distinct American fraternal societies claimed a combined five and a half million members. It has been estimated that at least 20 percent of the American adult male population belonged to one or more fraternal orders, including the two largest groups, the Freemasons and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. The esoteric knowledge, visual symbols, and moral teachings revealed to lodge brothers during secret rituals inspired an abundant and expressive body of objects that form an important facet of American folk art"--Provided by publisher.
Subject Secret societies -- United States.
Fraternal organizations -- United States.
Decorative arts -- United States -- 19th century.
Decorative arts -- United States -- 20th century.
Symbolism in art.
Added Author Webb, Bruce Lee, 1966- author.
Byrne, David, 1952- writer of supplementary textual content.
ISBN 9780292759503 (cloth : alk. paper)
0292759509 (cloth : alk. paper)
Sudoc No. Z UA380.8 AD32as txdocs

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