Assembling 187 handcrafted, organic works the Art Institute of Chicago traces the origins of the Arts and Crafts Movement to its ripening against the reform movement in Chicago. A wide range of objects, from ceramic to metal, highlights the full scope of the Arts and Crafts aesthetic.
Forming as a response to modern life and mass-production, the Arts and Crafts Movement eventually united hand and machine in a progressive aesthetic moment. This is the first exhibition in 3 decades dedicated to the movement, and the first to point to Chicago as a center where it blossomed so fully.
The exhibition is complemented by a catalog from Yale University Press and runs through January 31, 2010.
Select objects (note my personal bias) from Apostles of Beauty after the jump.