Each generation defines what is modern for itself. ‘Modern’ is often a combination of reaction and rejection of what has immediately preceded it and the re-interpretation of formulas of a previous era to counter what has become familiar and conservative. For the quarter century between 1890 and the First World War, artists, architects, and artisans generated a body of work that departed from historic precedents and was inspired, instead, by nature, geometry, and national pride. Participants in the British Arts and Crafts Movement, Continental Art Nouveau and Jugendstil, and the Austrian and German Secession actively promoted new philosophies about art, design, and production. Learn about this remarkable period of design reform through the collections of Lawrence Kreisman and Wayne Dodge.
Lawrence Kreisman was Program Director of Historic Seattle for 20 years, He has been recognized for significant work in bringing public attention to the Pacific Northwest’s architectural heritage and its preservation through courses, tours, exhibits, lectures, articles, and 11 books. These include The Arts and Crafts Movement in the Pacific Northwest, co-authored with Glenn Mason, The Stimson Legacy: Architecture in the Urban West; as well as hundreds of design features in The Seattle Times Pacific Northwest Magazine and national magazines Style 1900, American Bungalow, Arts & Crafts Homes and the Revival, Old House Journal, Old House Interiors, and Preservation. Kreisman and his husband, Dr. Wayne Dodge, are longtime collectors of c. 1900 furniture and decorative arts. Their collection was showcased in 2015 at the Frye Art Museum’s exhibition: 1900: Adornment for the Home and the Body.