Crafting a Continuum
Carol Eckert and Dorothy Gill Barnes are #NBObasketartist exhibitors in Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft ongoing until December 21, 2014 at Fort Wayne Museum of Art. 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.
Originally assembled by The ASU Art Museum and Ceramics Research Center (CRC) in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, “Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft,” is 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. The exhibit and associated events were supported by a generous grant from the Windgate Charitable Foundation.
The Museum’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. The exhibition includes approximately 100 objects in wood, ceramic and fiber.
We’re one of the few fine art museums in the country that started collecting mid-20th-century studio craft. Now it’s becoming a more prevalent trend. Peter Held, curator of ceramics
In 1990, the museum co-sponsored the exhibition, Meeting Ground: Basketry Traditions and Sculptural Forms, which studied the relationship between traditional baskets and sculptural forms and also highlighted artists’ interests in hand processes and natural materials. More recently, the museum showcased Intertwined: Contemporary Baskets from the Sara and David Lieberman Collection in 2006, which charted the blend of ancient and modern basket making and baskets as sculptural forms. The exhibition traveled to five venues nationally.
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