Throughout Fuller Craft Museum’s nearly 50 year history, the seamless integration of architecture and nature at 455 Oak Street has been the perfect environment to house the aspirations of a changing institution. Whether presenting integral New England paintings in the early 1970s, or fulfilling its current mission of showcasing contemporary craft-based media, Fuller Craft Museum continues to reap the benefits of its intimate, peaceful retreat tucked away in the woods.
“The idea was really to make an art museum that used nature as art. The idea was that you looked at man- made art, and then you were about to look at nature’s art, to see that together and to be able to appreciate it together.” — Doris Cole Architecture: Works of Art That People Live and Work In
Anderson’s proposal for a “rural-cultural experience” was inspired by Denmark’s modernist masterpiece, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art…”The Louisiana is a beautiful museum, essentially a series of pavilions with links between them. That is how we designed Fuller Craft Museum.”
Read more from “Seeds of Development: An Architectural Account of the Early Fuller Craft Museum” by former Associate Curator Michael McMillan