icons of 20th century design 2


4 Sessions   |   Saturdays, June 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2020   |   $25/session
An online course
 presented by The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms. 
with Instructor Dr. Jonathan Clancy, Director of Collections and Preservation


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Saturday, June 6 | 1-2pm EST

1. "Nature is always beautiful": Louis Comfort Tiffany, American Art Glass, and the Cult of Nature 


Saturday, June 13  |  1-2pm EST

2. "Art considered in its Application to Life": European Design in 1900. 


Saturday, June 20  |  1-2pm EST

3. "To establish an Organic Integrity": Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School [ Read More ]



Saturday, June 27  |  1 - 2pm EST

4. Beyond the Prairie School: Frank Lloyd Wright and American Modernism [ Read More ]









The Arts and Crafts movement did not exist in a vacuum, nor was it a static and clearly-defined set of principles that could not respond to advances in art and design. Simply put, it was embedded within a broader conversation about art and life that influenced–and was influenced by–important contemporary designers.

Exploring the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany, European Design at the turn of the Century, and Frank Lloyd Wight and the Prairie School, these three sessions help locate the Arts and Crafts movement in the broader context of its period by shedding light on these designers and exploring the connections between and within these styles.



 June 6, 2020

1. "Nature is always beautiful":
          Louis Comfort Tiffany, American Art Glass, and the Cult of Nature


While often discussed in the context of the Art Nouveau movement, Louis Comfort Tiffany developed an alternate approach to the decorative arts that relied less upon the swirling energy of the vine in favor of a luxurious interpretation of the natural world. Succinctly expressed in his oft-repeated dictum: "Nature is always right... Nature is always beautiful," Tiffany assembled a talented team of designers, technicians, and craftspeople to execute this vision throughout his long career. This session focuses on Tiffany's career, as well as his impact on the American art glass industry and his contemporaries.


Photo: Tiffany Studios, lamp, by 1906. Favrille glass and bronze, design attributed to Clara Pierce Wolcott Driscoll.  Art Institute of Chicago.




 June 13, 2020

2. "Art considered in its Application to Life":

          European Design in 1900.

Pierre-Adrien Dalpayrat and Alphonse Voisin-Delacroix, vase with face, ca. 1892-93.  Stoneware.  Metropolitan Museum of Art.

With nearly 50 million visitors in 1900, the impact of the Paris Exposition of 1900 is difficult to overstate. For many, this was the first time to see the period's major movements–Art Nouveau, the Arts and Crafts, and the Vienna Secessionists–displayed in a critical mass. With works from Hector Guimard, to Josef Hoffman, to the Bromsgrove Guild, the fair presented a carefully curated overview of modern decorative arts. Despite the superficial differences of style, critic Victor Champier correctly observed the common underlying impulse at the Exposition: "what we call Decorative Art is, in fact, nothing else than art considered in its application to life.."


Photo: Pierre-Adrien Dalpayrat and Alphonse Voisin-Delacroix, vase with face, ca. 1892-93. Stoneware. Metropolitan Museum of Art.



 June 20, 2020

3. "To establish an Organic Integrity":

          Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School

  Frank Lloyd Wright and George Mann Neidecken desk from the Avery Coonley House 1908. Oak and glass.  Art Institute of Chicago.

In hindsight, it is no wonder that Chicago gave rise to the distinctive American design aesthetic we call the Prairie School, for all of the ingredients were there: a devastating fire in 1871 that destroyed three square miles of the city, tremendous population growth in the following decades, and an embrace of modernity unencumbered by historical precedent. Epitomized by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, this session explores the Prairie School aesthetic through Wright's interiors, those of his contemporaries like Niedecken, Maher, and Elmslie, as well as firms like Linden Glass and Giannini & Hilgart.


Photo: Frank Lloyd Wright and George Mann Neidecken, desk from the Avery Coonley House, 1908. Oak and glass. Art Institute of Chicago.



*New session added!* June 27, 2020

4.  Beyond the Prairie School:

        Frank Lloyd Wright and American Modernism



As quickly as his reputation had ascended in the first decades of the 20th century, Frank Lloyd Wright's star fell as modernism took hold in the United States.  Having pioneered an aFLWusonianrchitectural style that was viewed by many as quaint and decorative, Wright's longevity was due, in part, to his ability to reinvent himself.  Seeing the success of the younger generation in Europe, as well as the United States–seminal figures like Le Corbusier, Richard Neutra, and Rudolf Schindler–who were advancing a more austere formal language, Wright responded, absorbed, and ultimately made this vocabulary his own. From Falling Water to the Guggenheim Museum and the posthumously-built Marin County Civic Center, this session explores the modernism of Wright and his contemporaries through their contributions to architecture and design.


Photos: Top: Frank Lloyd Wright, Falling Water, 1935. Mill Run, PA.

Bottom: Frank Lloyd Wright, Pope-Leighey House, 1940. Alexandria, Virginia.





Dr. Jonathan Clancy is the Director of Collections and Preservation at the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms. An author, educator, and curator Clancy received his doctorate in art history in 2008 from the Graduate Center. Formerly Director of the MA in American Fine and Decorative Arts program at Sotheby's, he left in 2017 to form an advisory group. As an independent consultant, he has worked with private clients and institutions on collection management, exhibition planning, label writing and research, and valuation. 

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Did you miss the live program?


You can still enjoy "ICONS of 20th Century Design" by purchasing recordings of the past live sessions. 


Each live session was recorded. And the recordings are made available to all paid participants. Even if you missed the live session, access to the recordings can be yours with a donation of $25 per session. Please include the email address where we should send the link to the recording. 


Select Individual Session Recordings, $25:

1. Tiffany
Recorded 6/6/20
2. Design in 1900
Recorded 6/13/20
3. FLW & Prairie
Recorded 6/20/20
4. Beyond the Prairie
Recorded 6/27/20


Get the whole series:

ICONS of 20th Century Design - Complete Series Recordings (4)








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June 16, 2020

The museum and its grounds will remain temporarily closed as work continues on the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms' new Education Center. In the coming weeks, please watch for more news about this ongoing project and COVID-19 updates.


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