Los Angeles

Los Angeles

“The Arts and Crafts Movement in Europe and America, 1880–1920: Design for the Modern World”

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
December 19–April 3, 2004

Curated by Wendy Kaplan

Exploding the notion of a singular Arts and Crafts ethos, this exhibition is the first to demonstrate how the movement was customized for a variety of regional agendas. The show features more than three hundred objects and two re-created interiors and includes an impressive array of furniture, ceramics, metalwork, textiles, and prints. While good design today seems only a trip to Target away, the integration of art and life promised by the Arts and Crafts movement has exceeded our grasp. And while this show may reconsider the material culture of an earlier era, the questions it raises are entirely contemporary.

Travels to the Cleveland Museum of Art, Oct. 16–Jan. 8, 2006.