Conversation XII: Crafting Continuities
October 1 - June 17, 2012 | 20/21 Gallery, Process Space
While the word “craft” is a loaded term that may imply hierarchical notions of artistic validity and cultural importance, so-called craft media have played an integral role in the trajectory of 20th-century art. These materials, such as glass, metal, fiber, and ceramic, are themselves steeped in histories of labor, class, and gender, as well as regional and familial identity. Craft media therefore can embody layered content that conveys both the meaning of the specific piece and the deeper implications of the material. Crafting Continuities, which inhabits three distinct spaces within the 20/21 Gallery, aims to inspire conversations about materiality, process, and their implications, exploring the ways that contemporary artworks made from venerable media can forge connections to the past, while the creative process itself looks to the expressive potential of those materials.
The installation juxtaposes contemporary objects from the collection with their historic counterparts and with remnants of the process, such as preparatory drawings. In this way, Crafting Continuities seeks to engage deeper content found in the Spencer’s contemporary artworks in textile, blown-glass, metalwork, wood, and ceramic, while highlighting the depth of the Museum’s collection of historic artworks in these media. The exhibition will incorporate a broad range of artworks, underscoring the legacies of these materials and revealing some of the cultural tides that have transmitted media and techniques across both time and space. Due to popular demand, Crafting Continuities has been extended. The exhibition will undergo transformation in late January, when new textiles, drawings, and prints will be installed, and will be on view through June, 2012.
- Activity: Material Madness and Process Pandemonium Family Fun Day at the Spencer
- 1 PM / 20/21 Gallery, Process Space
- Spend a captivating and fun-filled afternoon at the Museum discovering how artists craft works of art. Experience the creative process. Imagine the possibilities. Explore a world of materials and techniques.—Look at and learn about art, watch artist demonstrations, and participate in hands-on art activities. Free for all ages. In conjunction with the exhibition Crafting Continuities.
- Children’s Art Appreciation Class: The Fine Art of Craft
- 10:30 AM & 1:30 PM / Central Court
- Explore the Crafting Continuities exhibition and find out why some art forms are labeled “craft” while others are not. Make your own wearable art form: jewelry! Children’s art appreciation classes for ages 5-14. To enroll, contact SMA Education Department, 785.864.0137 or email@example.com, or visit www.spencerart.ku.edu to enroll online. $
- Gallery Talk: Senior Session: SMA intern Chassica Kirchhoff on "Conversation XII: Crafting Continuities"
- 10 AM / 20/21 Gallery
- This popular series of informal gallery discussions is designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.
- Artist’s Talk: Deborah Horrell “Evolution of an Artist”
- 1:30 - 2:20 PM / SMA Auditorium
- After teaching at Ohio State University for ten years, Deborah Horrell chose full time studio practice and moved to Portland, OR. The artist has a history of changing both visual vocabulary and material. Horrell made a shift to using glass as a primary sculptural medium after working with ceramics and wood. An artist in residence position at the Pilchuck Glass School and a residency at the Bullseye Factory changed the trajectory of her work after introducing her to glass as an alternate sculptural medium. Horrell is represented by the Elizabeth Leach Gallery. She teaches workshops both nationally and internationally. She has shown her work in museums and galleries and has completed public and private commissions.
Co-Sponsored by Spencer Museum of Art and the KU Department of Visual Art