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SUMMER 2020


Sat., August 22, 4:00 p.m. EDT

The Harvey Ellis Bungalow at Crab Tree Farm,
Lake Bluff, IL

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Travel—virtually!—with the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms! Our popular Farms Afield travel program has gone virtual, using the Zoom video conferencing platform. Our Virtual Farms Afield will feature all of the exclusive opportunities trip attendees have come to expect, including one-of-a-kind experiences designed especially for Stickley fans, but without the hassle of even packing a bag.

 

As always, Farms Afield is a Member Exclusive, and we are pleased to announce that these virtual experiences will be offered to members for FREE. Space is limited. Please RSVP! Members who RSVP will be sent a link to join the "trip!" Watch for it! 

You must be a current museum member, at any level, to participate.  Join or renew today to join us!  Members are encouraged to sign up early, but if you are unable to attend, please let us know so that we can free up your spot for other Members.



Sat., August 22 at 4:00 p.m. EDT

The Harvey Ellis Bungalow at Crab Tree Farm

 

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Enjoy a virtual visit to the extraordinary Harvey Ellis Bungalow at Crab Tree Farm in Lake Bluff, Illinois. Explore this remarkable structure, which was constructed using Ellis' original designs, published in a December 1903 article in The Craftsman, and its interiors.


An early 20th century dairy farm in Lake Bluff, Illinois, Crab Tree Farm's original farm buildings, which were designed by noted Chicago architect Solon Spencer Beman, have undergone extensive renovation and display collections of furniture and decorative arts from the American and English Arts and Crafts movement, as well as contemporary furniture.

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Photos courtesy of Crab Tree Farm

 

 

 
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Saturday, May 23, 2020

Explore Pasadena, CA & the Gamble House


Gamble House frontExplore Greene & Greene's singular landmark of the Craftsman movement, the Gamble House of 1908. The house is the historic centerpiece of Pasadena, CA, which in its culture, landscape and history embodied the ideal environment for the movement to flourish in California. The Gamble House's Director of Collections and Interpretation, Jennifer Trotoux, a native of Pasadena herself, will follow the arc of history that led to the house's creation in this time and place, culminating in a virtual visit to the Gamble House through contemporary and historic photographs that flesh out the space and its collections along with its creators and inhabitants.

 

Jennifer Trotoux is the Director of Collections and Interpretation at the Gamble House. She came to the House in 2017 with more than 20 years in historic preservation practice in Southern California, where she applied her architectural history background to evaluating the significance of historic properties and contributing her expertise to their rehabilitation. She also taught architectural history to college design students for several years. Jennifer graduated from Scripps College and continued her studies in art history at the University of Chicago.

 

 

 


 

Saturday, May 30, 2020 
Visit Frank Lloyd Wright's Smith House

part of the Cranbrook complex in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

 

James Haefner FLW Smith Residence_Side Elevation-dc3Join the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research for an immersive virtual experience at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Smith House. Detroit school teachers Sara Stein and Melvyn Maxwell Smith, undeterred by their modest salaries and guided by a shared love of architecture, met Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin in 1941 and commissioned a custom home. The house embodies Wright's Usonian principles that aimed to build quality houses for the American middle class. In the over three decades after moving in in 1950, the Smiths worked to fill the house with art, much of it from students and alumni of Cranbrook Academy of Art nearby.

 

Our event will begin with Center Director Gregory Wittkopp, who will welcome us to Cranbrook and introduce the Smiths and how their home became a museum. A live tour from the Smith House with curator Kevin Adkisson will follow, offering a unique view of this special home, its landscape, its collection of fine and decorative arts, and the story of a couple whose vision and determination allowed them to achieve their dream. Learn more about the Smith House in advance of the tour on the Center's website: https://center.cranbrook.edu/visit/frank-lloyd-wright-smith-house

 

CCR 03_06For more than three decades, Greg Wittkopp has been shaping and stewarding Cranbrook's collections, first as a curator, then as the Director of Cranbrook Art Museum, and now as the Founding Director of the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research. Major projects at the Museum include restoring Saarinen House, acquiring the Shuey Collection of Contemporary Art, and overseeing the restoration of the Eliel Saarinen-designed galleries and the creation of the state-of-the-art Collections Wing, a $22 million project completed in 2011. His research and publications have focused on Cranbrook and its artists and include Saarinen House and Garden: A Total Work of Art and an essay in the exhibition catalog Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism. Greg holds an MA in Art History from Wayne State University and a BS in Architecture from the University of Michigan and serves on the boards of the Association of Midwest Museums and DoCoMoMo – US/MI.

 

CCR 03_13bCuratorial Associate Kevin Adkisson assists in the preservation, interpretation, and programs across the many buildings and treasures of Cranbrook. A native of north Georgia, Kevin has his BA in Architecture from Yale, where he worked in the Yale University Art Gallery's American Decorative Arts Furniture Study, and is completing his MA from the University of Delaware's Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, with a thesis examining the role of postmodernism in shopping mall architecture. Previously, Kevin worked for Robert A.M. Stern Architects in New York as a research and writing associate and at Kent Bloomer Studio in New Haven, where he designed and fabricated architectural ornament. Kevin served as the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research Collections Fellow from August 2016—June 2019.

 

 

 

As always, Farms Afield is a Member Exclusive, and we are pleased to announce that these virtual experiences will be offered to members for FREE. Space is limited. Please RSVP! Members who RSVP will be sent a link to join the "trip!"

You must be a current museum member, at any level, to participate.  Join or renew today to join us!  Members are encouraged to sign up early, but if you are unable to attend, please let us know so that we can free up your spot for other Members.


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07 August 2020

 

 

Covid-19 and Extension of Temporary Closure

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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