Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft

September 13, 2014 - December 21, 2014

The Arizona State University Art Museum and Ceramics Research Center in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts present Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft, the first comprehensive museum exhibition to highlight their extensive craft holdings, including new international acquisitions in wood, ceramic and fiber. This exhibition and its accompanying catalog provide an international perspective on modern and contemporary crafts and the current level of innovation and experimentation in material studies. This show’s stop at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art is part of its 6-venue national tour over the course of two years.

ASU’s existing craft collection, which was initiated in the late 1960s, focuses on both established and emerging artists who are the driving force behind the model of rethinking craft. Recent acquisitions of work by national and international artists reflect current trends in the field. Established artists in the show include Peter Voulkos, Ed Moulthrop and Dorothy Gill Barnes. Emerging artists include Sonya Clark, Anders Ruhwald, Mark Newport and Alison Elizabeth Taylor. The exhibition includes approximately 100 objects in wood, ceramic and fiber; selected works from the exhibition will travel to five additional venues around the country, beginning in January of 2014.

The exhibition is curated by Associate Director and Senior Curator Heather Sealy Lineberry and Curator of Ceramics Peter Held, with assistance from Windgate Curatorial Fellow Elizabeth Kozlowski.