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Arts + Crafts Movement: The Arts Challenge the Machine
November 17, 2017
Dudley H. Davis Center
In the 1850s, England was the globe’s technological leader, and many people celebrated its new manufactured goods. However, a small but influential group of architects and artisans led by William Morris was appalled by the goods’ poor designs and inferior materials, and advocated for a return to well-designed objects, crafted by hand, and made of the finest materials. A few decades later, these British ideals crossed the Atlantic and were transformed by another culture undergoing the disorienting process of industrialization into a distinctly American Arts and Crafts movement.
Led by: Marlene Heck, Senior Lecturer of Art History, Dartmouth College