Date: 22nd August, 2017 from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Info: The late-19th and early 20th centuries were times of remarkable growth and tremendous shifts in art, architecture and design across the nation. The Arts & Crafts Movement was a crusade that began in Europe and rose up in response to the Machine Age and mass production. As it spread to America, Western New York emerged as its epicenter.
The Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State is one of seven major cultural organizations in Western New York honoring the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth by celebrating the renowned architect’s influence on the region’s Arts and Crafts Movement. The Wright, Roycroft, Stickley, and Rohlfs: Defining the Buffalo School Arts & Crafts Aesthetic exhibition will explore and examine works from three leading studios—those of Charles Rohlfs, Gustav Stickley and The Roycrofters—and the work of groundbreaking architect and designer Frank Lloyd Wright, and how geography and zeitgeist influenced their collective imagination. The installation opens Friday, June 9 and will be on view thru Sunday, November 26, 2017.
Co-curated by Scott Propeack and Bill Menshon, the exhibition will chronical designs by each maker showcasing the similarities and differences of each within this context. “The Burchfield Penney has a premier regional Arts & Crafts collections with an emphasis on Roycroft metalware, furniture, ephemera and books, primarily donated from the Charles Rand Penney collection,” said Bill Menshon. “Additionally we have works by Charles Rohlfs, Gustav Stickley, Heinz Art Metal and Buffalo Pottery. The focus of this exhibition is woodworking and will include furniture, candlesticks, frames, models and images.”
In addition to works from the Burchfield Penney permanent collection, myriad of supporting archival material and objects by the artists from the collections of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin D. Martin House in Buffalo; The Roycroft Campus and George and Gladys Scheidemantel House in East Aurora, NY; the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Graycliff estate in Lakevi