The American Arts and Crafts Movement in New York State. A lecture by Bruce A. Austin.
The American Arts and Crafts Movement, or "mission," gained popularity as a decorative style beginning in 1900, and by 1920 had gone out of style. Arts and Crafts, however, was more than simply a decorative style: it was also a philosophy, an ethos, a way of living, and significantly, an enormous business. Artists and manufacturers of objects in the Arts and Crafts style - furniture, ceramics, metal, lighting, textiles, jewelry - found like-minded creators in a few U.S. locations. Among the most significant centers of creativity for Arts and Crafts was New York State.
Gustav and L & JG Stickley in Syracuse, Roycroft in East Aurora, Charles Stickley in Binghamton, Frederick Walrath and Harvey Ellis in Buffalo, the Byrdcliffe colony in Woodstock - all produced superb examples (as well as a few "clinkers") of Arts and Crafts objects, all exemplified the Movement's philosophy, and at least a few proved to be successful in business.
This presentation, accompanied by slides, affords listeners an opportunity to gain awareness and knowledge of the Movement, its philosophy and creative product, and focuses in on the unique contributions of Arts and Crafts creators from New York State.
Grant program of the New York Humanities Council, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.