Styling an American Family: The 1910s at Gustav Stickley's Craftsman Farms

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Styling an American Family: The 1910s at Gustav Stickley's Craftsman Farms

Time: September 8, 2012 at 11am to January 6, 2013 at 4pm
Location: The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms
Street: 2352 Route 10 West
City/Town: Morris Plains
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Phone: 973.540.0311
Event Type: exhibition
Organized By: The Stickley Museum
Latest Activity: Aug 8, 2012

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Styling an American Family:

The 1910s at Gustav Stickley’s Craftsman Farms


on view September 8, 2012 - January 6 2013


Set within the interiors of  Stickley’s architectural masterpiece, the Log House at Craftsman Farms, this innovative fashion exhibition will imagine the life of the Stickley family from 1911-13 as they moved from fast-paced Syracuse and settled into their new  home in bucolic Morris Plains. The exhibition will bring the human form back into Stickley’s idyllic home and will offer a glimpse into American upper-middle-class fashion and social history. A collaboration with Syracuse University’s Department of Design, the exhibition features the Sue Ann Genet Costume Collection and encompasses thirty-four figures within eight environmental vignettes, with such themes as “Motoring,” “Music,” “Entertainment at Home” and “After the Party.”


“Styling an American Family: The 1910s at Gustav Stickley’s Craftsman Farms” will be on view Sept. 8-Jan. 7 at the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms, 2352 Route 10 West, Morris Plains, N.J. The exhibition will be accompanied by several related educational programs and a full-day conference on October 6.  The conference, “Styling an American Family: Taste-making in the 1910s and Beyond” will address the tastemakers who shaped and drove the development of what became a new and uniquely American style. Using the exhibition as a springboard, the conference panelists will consider the broader context — politically, socially, economically — in which American styles emerged.  Speakers include Exhibition Curator, Jeffrey Mayer, Ann Marguerite Tartsinis, Rosalie Barbarian, and Caroline Rennold Milbank.

Craftsman Farms was established by Gustav Stickley during the Progressive Era, a period in American history brimming with innovation and social change. Innovators and game-changers of this era, such as Theodore Roosevelt, Henry Ford, the Wright Brothers, William Randolph Hearst, Upton Sinclair, Sigmund Freud, and Albert Einstein, led the way across a spectrum of fields with transformative ideas that would make this era a direct precursor to our modern world. American style and style-makers of the early 20th century kept pace with the world around them, mirroring the rapid pace of innovation and change, but tastemakers, like Stickley, also sought to drive change. Throughout the Progressive Era these tastemakers worked to steer the American aesthetic and shape it into an identifiable American style. The exhibition, set within the context of the Log House at Craftsman Farms, shines a light on this unique period in American history.

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