A Beautiful Life: Decorative Arts from the Progressive Era

At the turn of the 20th century, the Industrial Revolution was quickly spreading its way across the world. As bustling metropolises and efficient machinery began to rise, so did the population’s anxiety. To escape their increasingly fast-paced environments, people sought tranquility through nature, craftsmanship, and beauty.

This small, ongoing display features glass and ceramic works from the Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau movements popular from 1880 and 1920, which emphasized a return to the handmade. Companies featured include Tiffany & Co., Steuben, Loetz, Rookwood, Roseville, and Fulper Pottery Company.