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The Arts and Crafts Movement in America

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Nineteenth-century industrialization changed the world. For some, its benefits were reduced by the ugliness and degraded working conditions it spawned. These people, first in Britain and later in the United States, promoted alternative visions of production that integrated art and labor, collectively known as the Arts and Crafts movement. This course provides a brief overview of English activity, followed by close examinations of major manifestations of the Arts and Crafts movement in American decorative arts, including furniture, metalwork, ceramics, and graphics. The central question of the course is whether the Arts and Crafts movement generated products that were indeed superior to those of conventional industry or, in the end, merely different. Museum and gallery visits. 3 credits.