Caroline M. Hannah is a design historian and a PhD candidate at the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design, Material Culture, New York, where she also earned her MA and MPhil. Her dissertation, Henry Varnum Poor, Crow House, Craft, and Design, explores Poor’s shift from painting to other kinds of making, including his seminal ceramics, in the period between the First and Second World Wars. In support of her doctoral work, she has received fellowships and grants from the Bard Graduate Center; the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery. A co-founder of the Henry Varnum Poor Foundation (a k a Friends of Crow House), she is working to preserve Poor’s hand-built home and studio of 50 years. She lectures frequently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and has taught at Parsons, the New School for Design in New York, and at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. She previously held positions at the New-York Historical Society; Historical Design, Inc.; and the Yale University Art Gallery and has contributed to several museum exhibition catalogs, including Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design for the Museum of Arts and Design, New York (Yale, 2011).
Henry Varnum Poor (1887-1970) building Crow House, 1920, Rockland County, New York. Photographer unknown. Henry Varnum Poor Papers, Archives of American Art.
Crow House Staircase designed and made by Henry Varnum Poor out of tulip poplar in 1931Photograph by Elizabeth Felicella, 2006.
Crow House, Home and Studio of Henry Varnum Poor, Rockland County, New York. Photograph by Elizabeth Felicella, 2006.
Henry Varnum Poor’s hand-painted ceramic tile bathroom
Henry Varnum Poor’s hand-painted ceramic tile bathroom for the 1928 American Designers’ Gallery Exhibition illustrated in Paul T. Frankl’s Form and Re-form: A Practical Handbook of Modern Interiors (1930).
Bather plate, earthenware painted with metal-oxide enamels under a lead glaze. 1924. Collection of Martin Eidelberg.
Woodblock print depicting Henry Varnum Poor and Marion Dorn
Woodblock print depicting Henry Varnum Poor and Marion Dorn with Crow House in the background, 1920-22. Henry Varnum Poor Papers, Archives of American Art.