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S1 Ep10: The Victorian Era and Its Radicals

An exhibition sponsored in part by Oklahoma Humanities at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art focuses on rebellious artists and designers who reacted against the status quo of the Victorian Era. In this episode we talk with Dr. Pam Bracken of Southern Nazarene University and Bryon Chambers of OKCMOA about how this art movement gives us deeper insights into the Victorian Era and its connections with our own time.

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Links to topics and works of art discussed in this episode:

Queen Victoria (reigned 1837-1901)

Click here for more information about the Victorian Radicals exhibition at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art

The cryptic symbol of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood

William Holman Hunt, The Finding of the Saviour in the Temple, 1854–60. Oil on canvas, 33 3/4 x 55 1/2 in., Birmingham Museums Trust (1896P80). © Birmingham Museums Trust

William Holman Hunt, Street Scene in Cairo (The Lantern Maker's Courtship), 1854–61. Oil on canvas, 21 9/16 x 13 11/16 in., Birmingham Museums Trust (1962P68). © Birmingham Museums Trust

Click here for a discussion of the term "Orientalism."

The William Morris Society: William Morris (1834-1896) was a revolutionary force in Victorian Britain. His work as an artist, designer, craftsman, writer, and socialist dramatically changed the fashions and ideologies of the era. One of Morris's most enduring quotes is, "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."

About our guests:

Dr. Pam Bracken is a professor of English at Southern Nazarene University. She holds a Ph.D. in English from the Catholic University of America, and her dissertation is focused on William Morris, one of the key figures explored in the Victorian Radicals exhibition. Pam has published several articles on William Morris, including a look at his political discourse and his connections with Iceland, and Pam has also edited a volume of William Morris's one work of drama, called Nupkins Awakened; or The Tables Turned, published by Ohio University Press.

Bryon Chambers is the Manager of Tours and Adult Learning at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. He has has served in the museum’s education department since 2009, where his responsibilities include exhibition interpretation through tour experiences, public programming, and visitor engagement through digital platforms. In addition to his work at OKCMOA, Bryon serves as Vice-chair of the Oklahoma City Arts Commission.