EVENT: New Research on Syracuse Metalwork: Gustav Stickley and Onondaga Metal Shops in Context

Posted on May 9, 2013 by


Sunday, June 2, 2013 1:30pm
Fayetteville Free Library Reading Room
300 Orchard Street, Fayetteville, New York

This lecture sheds new light on the production of metalwork in Syracuse by presenting new research on Gustav Stickley’s Copper Shop and Onondaga Metal Shops.  By better understanding these firms’ design sources and structures, Jonathan Clancy argues that we can broaden our definition of the Arts and Crafts movement, moving away from the myth of the singular craftsman and placing these enterprises within the context of business ventures.  Through a close reading of Stickley’s business records at Winterthur, contemporary periodicals, and the objects themselves Clancy sheds new light on Syracuse’s principal metal workers.

Jonathan Clancy is Director of the American Fine and Decorative Arts program at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York. His publications include Beauty in Common Things: American Art and Crafts Pottery from the Two Red Roses Foundation (with Martin Eidelberg), Warman’s Rookwood Pottery, as well as chapters in Frans Wildenhain 1950-75: Creative and Commercial American Ceramics at Mid-Century (2012), and Art and Authenticity (2012).  His articles have appeared in numerous journals including The Journal of Modern Craft (London), The Journal of Design History, and the Smithsonian’s American Art among others.  Clancy received his doctorate in art history from the City University of New York’s Graduate Center in 2008 and is currently finishing work on a catalog of the Redwood Painting collection in Newport, Rhode Island.  His work on the metalwork collection of the Two Red Roses Foundation is scheduled for publication later this year.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served following the presentation. The Stickley Audi Company Museum will be open for a brief period after the lecture.

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