This is a small, scholarly focused exhibition of about fifty pieces of the distinctive "artistic furniture" and related objects produced by the workshop of Charles Rohlfs (American, 1853–1936) in Buffalo, New York. His unusually inventive forms and imaginative carving combined many influences, from the abstract naturalism of Art Nouveau to the bold forms of the Arts and Crafts movement. The exhibition explores Rohlfs's work in the context of new research that reveals his success in Europe as well as in America, and traces his influence on other twentieth-century furniture designers.
The exhibition is made possible by Alamo Rent A Car.
Additional support is provided by the Windgate Charitable Foundation.
The exhibition was organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Chipstone Foundation, and American Decorative Art 1900 Foundation.