Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art Stickley Furniture Exhibit

From October 11, 2008, through January 4, 2009, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut, will present “At Home with Gustav Stickley: Arts and Crafts from the Stephen Gray Collection.” The exhibition will feature approximately 140 exceptional works from a major private collection and related pieces from the museum’s permanent collections. It will include classic Stickley furniture in the Craftsman tradition, along with important arts and Crafts pottery, metalwork and prints.

Gustav Stickley was largely responsible for promoting the Craftsman aesthetic and the American Arts and Crafts movement. The focus was affordable fine crafts, with authentic local workmanship and simple design. This was a marked change from Victorian excess that had been popular previously, where decoration had no relationship to the form and structure of the furniture.

The exhibit will feature rare early examples of Stickley’s finest furniture designs from 1901-1905, and art pottery by leading makers including TECO, Overbeck, Marblehead, Walrath, Grueby, Saturday Evening Girls, and Newcomb College. Objects typically found in Arts and Crafts homes – color woodblock prints by Arthur Wesley Dow and his followers, pictorial photography, Edward Curtis photogravures from The North American Indian, art pottery, arts and crafts inspired textiles, and Native American baskets from the collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum – will be grouped in room-like settings.

The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is located at 600 Main Street, Hartford, Connecticut 06103. Telephone (860) 278-2670, for more information, or visit on the Web at www.wadsworthatheneum.org.

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