Tour The Rise of Everyday Design: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain and America
Through July 14, 2019
We offer free daily exhibition tours. No reservation required. Public tours meet in the south atrium. Daily tours at noon, with additional tours on Thursdays at 6 p.m. and 2 p.m. on weekends. The tours last about an hour and are led by docents.
The Rise of Everyday Design: The Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain and America examines how the ideas of Arts and Crafts reformers, influential to this day, transformed the homes and lives of ordinary people in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
With books, drawings, furniture pieces, decorative arts objects, photographs, and advertising ephemera, the exhibition appeals to anyone with an interest in architecture and design.
Visitors will learn how the movement’s theorists and makers spread their ideas through books, retail showrooms, and world’s fairs. Concerned with the daily realities of the Industrial Age, they used design to envision and promote a new and improved way of living.
The movement was transformed as its tenets of simple design, honest use of materials and social value of handmade goods were widely adopted and commodified by large companies. The exhibition explores how these objects, originally handmade and costly, came to be manufactured and sold to the everyday consumer.