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Crafted: Objects in Flux

25 Aug 2015 - 10 Jan 2016

Museum of Fine Arts Boston
465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

www.mfa.org



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Crafted: Objects in Flux

25 Aug 2015 to 10 Jan 2016

MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON
Avenue of the Arts
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

617-267-9300

Discover the dramatic changes in contemporary craft in recent years.

Contemporary craft-based artists are finding new ways to fully explore their disciplines. Artists engage a broadened range of materials, conceptual practices, ways of making, and modes of display than those that have been historically associated with craft objects.

“Crafted” explores this moment of “flux” in the field, focusing on contemporary craft-based artists who bridge cutting-edge concepts and traditional skills as they embrace and explore the increasingly blurred boundaries between art, craft, and design. Featuring a selection of works from across the landscape of contemporary craft, the exhibition includes more than 30 emerging and established international artists. Looking to a broad range of materials and practices, the exhibition explores the connections between craft and performance; the opportunities provided by new technologies and materials; and the power of rethinking craft’s interactions with architecture and space.

This exhibition is the first of its kind within an encyclopedic museum to explore the broad possibilities of contemporary artistic engagement with craft. By examining these interactions in proximity to historical examples in the MFA’s collection, “Crafted” demonstrates the vitality, viability, and variety inherent in choosing craft as a foundation for contemporary artistic practice.

 

www.mfa.org

Design + Self Manufacturing: How the World Will Change

Opening Reception on Friday, 11 Oct | 6:00PM to 9:00PM
Exhibition on view 10-18 Oct
Minima, 118 North 3rd Street
Free and open to the public.

 

For DesignPhiladelphia 2013, Minima is looking towards the future. The shop/gallery, which was opened in 1999 by Eugenie Perret and Juliette Brody in Philadelphia’s Old City, has become the area’s preeminent source for all things modern. The cutting edge contemporary furniture showroom will be hosting an exhibition entitled Design + Self Manufacturing: How the World Will Change, along with a series of demonstrations and workshops meant to explore the fast changing world of fabrication technology and the social implications of how 3D printing, accessible to the masses, will change the future. Perret explains, “We like to be design frontiers. This will be the next industrial revolution.”

The exhibition, which is on view the length of the DesignPhiladelphia Festival, October 10-18, will include an opening reception the evening of October 11th. Minima hopes the exhibition and accompanying events will spark the public’s interest and light a creative force behind this cutting edge change to the design industry. Perret thinks in the near future we are going to be living in 3D printed houses, situated in 3D printed cities!

www.minima.us


Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital

16 Oct 2013 to 06 July 2014

Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital will explore the many areas of 21st-century creativity made possible by advanced methods of computer-assisted production known as digital fabrication. In today’s postdigital world, artists are using these means to achieve levels of expression never before possible – an explosive, unprecedented scope of artistic expression that extends from sculptural fantasy to functional beauty. Out of Hand will be the first major museum exhibition to examine this interdisciplinary trend through the pioneering works of more than 80 international artists, architects, and designers, including Ron Arad, Barry X Ball, Zaha Hadid, Stephen Jones, Anish Kapoor, Allan McCollum, Marc Newson, and Roxy Paine. Represented will be some of the most compelling creations from the past decade ranging from sculpture and furniture to fashion and transport.

Museum of Art & Design
2 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019
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212-299-7777

 

SHIFT: Contemporary Makers That Define, Expand and Contradict The Field of Art Jewelry

17 Oct -22 Nov 2013

Grunwald Gallery of Art
Fine Arts Building, Room 123
Indiana University
1201 E 7th St
Bloomington, IN 47405
(812) 855-8490
http://www.indiana.edu/~grunwald/

Since its beginning, the arena of art jewelry has been a hard field to define.  Just try to describe it to an outsider in three words or less.  Not completely able to fit into categories like “goldsmithing,” “metalsmithing,” or even “mixed media,” I think for the best way to describe the field Dutch Jewelry Designer Ted Noten put it best… with a lot of “ands”.  It is this simple principle that makes the field so invigorating.  Art jewelry embraces ancient methodologies such as; fusing, casting, stone setting and new technologies along with nontraditional processes such as; computer-aided design, laser cutting, and powder coating. It finds inspiration, meaning, and beauty in precious materials like gold and sapphires and non-precious materials like discarded pieces of steel and plastic.  It recognizes wearable and non-wearable jewelry and even virtual jewelry. Art jewelry embraces classically trained makers and individuals who fell into the field by chance.  Because of all these “ands” art jewelry is a constantly evolving organism.  It has been able to shift, grow, and be redefined by individuals who, to simply put it - find inspiration and artistic expression in creating objects to be worn and associated with the body.  Shift: Contemporary Makers That Define, Expand, and Contradict The Field of Art Jewelry is an exhibition that seeks to highlight some of the contemporary makers who through their choice of materials, processes, concepts, and philosophies are defining, expanding and contradicting the field of art jewelry today.

-Anne Fiala
2013 MFA Graduate Metalsmithing & Jewelry Design
Indiana University

 http://www.iub.edu/~zoom/Shift.html

Making art is often compared to creating life or giving birth.  The idea that making art requires only a catastrophic, lightning strike of genius, is one that I contest. Through Nurture I would like to explore the connection between practicing one’s art and the act of nurturing a child, rather than the momentary (relatively) act of giving birth.  To nurture another being, or care for and encourage development over time, is an activity filled with intense work and concentration, as well as periods of euphoric joy and satisfaction.  To develop artistic potential, one must nurture the thoughts and skills needed to create art.  Invited artists will submit a piece they feel addresses this concept. Work will be related to the activity surrounding nurturing the art practice, or to parallels they have found between the cultivation of art and that of nurturing another living being.

Nurture: Art and Life Connected, curated by Jennifer Zwilling, Independent Curator & Educator, Craft, Art & Decorative Arts,  will be on exhibit at the Stella Elkins Tyler Gallery at Tyler School of Art, Temple University June 9-29, 2012.

Click here for more details on this special exhibition.

 



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