American Arts and Crafts Movement


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TFAO references:

As of 4/15/13 TFAO Digital Library contained 421 pages referencing the phrase "Arts and Crafts."


From other websites:

Arts & Crafts movement, from the Morse Museum. Accessed May, 2014
The Arts and Crafts Movement in America, a thematic essay by Monica Obniski, Independent Scholar, from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Accessed July, 2015.

A Spirit of Simplicity: American Arts and Crafts from the Two Red Roses Foundation, an exhibit held October 6, 2009 - January 3, 2010 at the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum. Note: This website does not provide URLs for past exhibits. Accessed October, 2014
Byrdcliffe: An American Arts and Crafts Community from Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University. Includes online exhibition. Accessed May, 2014
Gustav Stickley and the American Arts & Crafts Movement, an exhibit held 2/13/11 - 5/8/11 at Dallas Museum of Art. Includes gallery photos. Accessed 9/14.
"The Arts and Crafts Movement in America" by Mary Dutton Boehm, from The Journal of San Diego History, Summer 1990, Volume 36, Numbers 2 & 3. Accessed May, 2014
The Virtues of Simplicity-American Arts and Crafts from the Morse Collection, an exhibit held February 17, 2009 through January 13, 2013 at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art. Includes Exhibition Object Guide (PDF), Family Guide (PDF), Highlights. Accessed July, 2014.
Well Crafted, an exhibit held October 12, 2012- May 5, 2013 at Burchfield - Penney Art Center. Includes curator's essay on the Arts and Crafts Movement. Accessed May, 2014

WKSU/Kent State University: Arts & Crafts Movement in Europe and America 1880-1920 at Cleveland Museum of Art, reported by WKSU's Mark Urycki on October 19, 2005. Accessed May, 2014


TFAO also suggests these videos:


American Craft Museum (now Museum of Arts and Design) is a VHS 10-video series from Crystal Productions which says: "This video series illustrates diverse examples of creativity and provides students with a broad exposure to the potential in each medium. The works of hundreds of outstanding artists also motivates students and offers a foundation for their own work. The images are from the exhibitions at the Museum of Arts and Design, formerly the American Craft Museum. The 10 videos in the series include:
Functional Pottery
Contemporary Clay: Diverse Soup Tureens
Contemporary Ceramics
Contemporary Ceramic Teapots
Clay Figures, Animals, and Landscapes
Papermaking USA and the Handmade Paper Book
Jewelry USA
Fiber Coiled Basketry
Masks and Face Coverings
American Style: The Arts and Crafts Movement: 15 minutes 1988. "The Arts and Crafts Movement in America began in the 1860s as a response to the poor quality and design of machine-made, mass-produced household items. Intended for both beginning and advanced collectors, this video is hosted by D. J. Puffert, a California dealer and collector, owner of the Arts and Crafts Shop in Sausalito, California. Puffert summarizes the history of the period and profiles major figures such as Louis Comfort Tiffany, whose creations made this the most significant movement in American design at the turn of the century " quotes are from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts or the National Gallery of Art.
Craft in America. This 2007 DVD from PBS Home Video includes 3 episodes: Memory, Landscape, and Community, shown in widescreen (16x9 aspect ratio). 180 minutes on 1 disc. PBS says: "This program explores the history and significance of the craft movement in the United States and its impact on the nation's cultural heritage. "Memory" focuses on the historical relevance of craft through the eyes of several contemporary pioneers in the field. "Landscape" examines the interdependent relationship of craft artists to their media and the natural world. "Community," highlights the social and emotional connections that crafts embody."
Crafting an American Style is a 60 minute DVD from Crystal Productions which says: "Explore the beauty of handmade American crafts by examining the history of the American Arts and Crafts movement from 1900 to the present." Also available on VHS.






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