Buffalo's undersung role as the epicenter of the American Arts and Crafts movement, which influenced generations of designers and artists, is on display in two local exhibitions running through the fall.
"Wright's Larkin: Arts and Crafts in Industry" explores the uniquely American tone of the Buffalo-bred Arts and Craft Movement as embodied by East Aurora's Roycroft Campus and the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Larkin Administration Building and Darwin Martin House.
“British Arts and Crafts was very much a nostalgic response to the realities of the Industrial Revolution,” said exhibition curator and University at Buffalo professor Jonathan Katz in a statement, “whereas the American model – and its epicenter was squarely focused in the Buffalo region – was really about bringing technology and innovative design together through new forms of modernity.”
"Wright, Roycroft, Stickley and Rohlfs: Defining the Buffalo School Arts and Crafts Aesthetic," meanwhile, will showcase furniture designed by some of the most recognized names in the movement.
The exhibitions are part of a four-month Arts and Crafts Festival coinciding with the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright's birth.
Two exhibits: "Wright's Larkin: Arts and Crafts in Industry" runs through Oct. 29 in Hayes Hall on the University at Buffalo's Main Street Campus. "Wright, Roycroft, Stickley and Rohlfs: Defining the Buffalo School Arts and Crafts Aesthetic" runs through Nov. 26 in the Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave.