The international Arts and Crafts movement was less a style than a philosophy, promoting artistic activity, beauty, and handcraftsmanship as antidotes for life in the modern, industrialized world. Artists sought inspiration from nature and the pre-industrial past of their local community, while consumers embraced the Arts and Crafts movement as a lifestyle by purchasing handmade artistic wares.
The Arts and Crafts in America gallery features paintings, furniture, architectural elements, ceramics, metalwork, and jewelry made in the early 20th century by artists and factories affiliated with the movement, including Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles Rohlfs, and the Grueby Faience Company. As the movement spread across the globe, Arts and Crafts found a ready audience in Boston’s intellectual and artisanal circles, including a particularly vibrant community of metalworkers and jewelry makers. The metalwork displays in this gallery complement and expand upon the exhibition “Boston Made: Arts and Crafts Jewelry and Metalwork,” on view in the Kaplan Family Foundation Gallery, 104, from November 17, 2018, to March 29, 2020.