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All Wright Now: Buffalo’s Arts and Crafts Legacy — now through October 29

May 24, 2017  by: Natalie Fleming

Exhibition and Conference


Wright’s Larkin: Arts and Crafts in Industry
On view now through October 29, 2017
Free and open to the public
M–F, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Hayes Hall is easily accessible on the Metro Line at the University Station and free parking is available on campus in the NFTA park and ride lot adjacent to Main St, as well as metered parking at the Eastern end of Hayes Hall. See the map of South Campus.

Edmund B. Hayes Hall, Atrium
The University at Buffalo, South Campus
Main St. and Kenmore Ave., Buffalo, NY 14214

The exhibition foregrounds the remarkable synergy between The Larkin Company and Frank Lloyd Wright, the period’s two most disruptive forces in their respective fields. Wright’s commission to design the Larkin Company Administration Building of 1906 showed how utopian Arts and Crafts ideals and technological advance could come together in ways that significantly changed modern industry. This exhibition gathers together many never before seen Wright-designed objects from the now destroyed Larkin Building, along with a spectacular collection of Larkin products.

We are grateful for the assistance of UB’s Department of Architecture and Planning, and the UB Art Galleries. Special Thanks to Joe Pelino, Jerome Puma, Arlan Peters, David Romero, Bob Scalise, Nick Ostness, Jack Quinan, and Bruce Majkowski.

This exhibition is the product of the Architecture Design Practicum-Wright Larkin Exhibit course, taught by Professor Omar Khan. We are grateful to Alexandra Korchynski, Bradley Davis, Christopher Vicente, Henry Saldana, Hua Xia Chen, John Mellas, Katherine Martell, Mehmet Menekse, Nathan St. John, Patrick O’Brien, Pinelopi Papadimitraki, Shuiping Xiong, Yasmiry Hiciano, and Zachary Nolan.


Frank Lloyd Wright and the Buffalo School of Arts and Crafts
October 20-22, 2017

Edmund B. Hayes Hall, 4th floor Conference Room
UB South Campus, Main St. and Kenmore Ave.

This international conference will zero in on how and why the Buffalo region became the national capital for design, production and innovation in American Arts and Crafts. With the region’s wealth of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, The Roycroft Campus, Charles Rohlfs, The Larkin Company, Buffalo Pottery, The Arts and Crafts Shop, Stickley, Heintz Art Metal, Adelaide Robineau, Karl Kipp, Walrath Pottery and so many others, no other region of the country can claim the density of local production. In contrast to the British variant, many members of this Buffalo School of Arts and Crafts freely used the region’s technological prowess to achieve a seamless melding of industrial techniques and handcrafted design, detail and quality—the signature of American Arts and Crafts. This conference will examine how and why.

The conference begins on Friday evening at the Roycroft Campus in East Aurora with a talk by noted Wright scholar Jack Quinan followed by a reception and tour of the campus. The talk will run from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with the reception to follow until 8:00 p.m.  Beginning at 4:30 p.m. shuttle busses will transport guests to and from the Roycroft Campus.

On Saturday the conference begins with a light breakfast and registration from 9:00 am to 9:30, and will begin at 9:30 with a welcome and introduction, followed by talks by Lisa Schrenk, and Christine Schnaithmann.

> Welcome Information, Registration, Parking, Speakers, Bios, and Abstracts

Bruce Austin Widescreen: Expanding the Research Agenda for Arts & Crafts

Cathleen A. Baker  Roycrofter Dard Hunter: Bringing the Viennese Secession to American Arts & Crafts Design

Thomas A. Guiler “Organized as a corporation, but work together as a Community”: Elbert Hubbard’s Roycroft and the Commercialization of the Arts and Crafts Utopia

Henry Hull Producing an American Arts and Crafts: The Designs of the Heintz Art Metal Shop of Buffalo, New York

John Murphy American Arts & Crafts: Socialist or Capitalist?

Christine Schnaithmann  The Larkin Administration Building’s Resonance in the Development of German Modernism

Lisa Schrenk The Impact of Buffalo and the Martin Brothers on Frank Lloyd Wright’s Oak Park Studio

Bo Sullivan Decoding the Arts & Crafts Vignettes of the Birge Books, 19041918

Jack Quinan  The Larkin Building and Wright’s Oeuvre

Martin Wachadlo  The Architecture of Esenwein & Johnson: Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau

Catherine W. Zipf   “To the Best of Her Ability”: Literature, Feminism, and the Arts and Crafts Movement in Western New York

During the catered lunch (vegetarian food provided), the noted Roycroft scholar and collector Boice Lydell will offer an illustrated tour of Roycroft’s production pulled from his own collection, the finest in the world.

After lunch there will be talks by John Murphy, Thomas Guiler, Cathleen Baker and Catherine Zipf. On Sunday, from 9:00 a.m.–9:30 p.m. will be coffee and pastries followed by talks by Bruce Austin, Bo Sullivan, and Henry Hull with the conference concluding at 12:00 p.m. For those attending the tour, a boxed lunch will be provided and the tour bus will leave at 12:30 p.m., with the tour concluding at 6:15 p.m.

Registration will include the Friday evening reception at the Roycroft Inn and entrance to the conference Saturday and Sunday. Cost for early registration is $80. Registration with a UB student ID is free! An optional tour of local Arts and Crafts landmarks will take place Sunday afternoon for an additional $80. Registration for the tour is now full.

Our tour of the Buffalo Arts and Crafts landmarks will begin at 12:30 with the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Darwin D. Martin House where scholar, Jack Quinan will guide us through the home. Next we will view the exterior of the Wright designed Walter Davidson House and proceed to the Burchfield Penney Art Center for a self-guided tour of the exhibition, “Wright, Roycroft, Stickley and Rohlfs: Defining the Buffalo School Arts & Crafts Aesthetic.” The tour will then proceed to a prime example of H.H. Richarsdon’s Romanesque revival style at the former Buffalo Psychiatric Hospital and Olmstead Complex, newly minted the Hotel Henry. Following a tour of the facility, we will visit the exteriors of Wright’s Heath House and Kleinhan’s Music Hall designed by Eliel Saarinen. The tour will then visit Louis Sullivan’s Guaranty Building where we will be able to view the terra cotta ornamented exterior and the interior of the lobby. We will end the tour at the Larkin Center for Commerce and their exhibition on the Larkin Soap Company.

For the convenience of our guests we have arranged a small block of rooms to be held at both the Hotel Henry on the famed HH Richardson Olmsted Campus and at the Roycroft Inn. Note that both of these locations will require you to have a car to get to and from the conference. Should you wish not to rent a car, we have reserved a block of rooms at the Holiday Inn Express which is on the metro line that will bring you directly to the conference site. These rooms are available until September 15 at a discounted rate of $159. This hotel is an all-suite hotel, with free wifi, free breakfast, microwave and mini fridge in every room and more than 40 restaurants within 3 blocks.

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See our video, written and produced by Sarah JM Kolberg (MA film and literature 2012, MFA in media production 2015, MA in Visual Studies 2016, and PhD in visual studies expected 2020) and narrated by Annette Daniels Taylor (MFA candidate in Media Study.)Creative director: James Gillan of J. Gillan and Associates.

Special thanks to the University at Buffalo President’s Circle Award, the New York State Regional and Economic Development Grants, the Univer­sity at Buffalo Department of Architecture and Planning and the Depart­ment of Art, and the Larkin Center for Commerce.

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