The 20th-Century Fate of the Craft Ideal

January 14, 2010

Download Story

Jackson Lears, Board of Governors professor of history at Rutgers University, traces the changing attitudes toward craftsmanship in the 20th-century United States high and popular culture, looking specifically at work produced at Cranbrook, Black Mountain, and Penland. He also discusses the post–World War II do-it-yourself movement, concluding with reflections (following Matthew Crawford and Richard Sennett) on the eclipse of craftsmanship in the workplaces of the Information Age.


Recorded Thursday, January 14, 2010 at The Art Institute of Chicago-Fullerton Hall.