By the late nineteenth century industrialization had transformed Western society. Dominating cities were machine-filled factories and buildings constructed in Revivalist architectural styles. Urbanization had taken hold creating a great divide between artists/designers and end products. Individuals looking to resist the Machine Age created their own artistic movements, specifically the Arts and Crafts Movement and Art Nouveau. What these styles had is common was the goal of reviving the applied arts and making them affordable to the general public. This exhibition will feature examples of decorative art glass and pottery, representing the two aforementioned art movements, from the William S. Belser and Richard D. Mandell Collections at McKissick Museum. Objects representing important individual artisans and reputable companies such as Emile Galle,ˊ Reneˊ Lalique, Tiffany Studios, and Rookwood Pottery are included.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website