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Craft in America: Expanding Traditions

Museum of Contemporary Craft
Portland OR – Jul 22-Sep 23, 2007

George Nakashima - Conoid Bench with Back
George Nakashima, Conoid Bench with Back (designed 1961, production date of example 1974), black walnut, hickory, rosewood [Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland OR, Jul 22-Sept 23]


The Contemporary Crafts Museum & Gallery in Portland, Oregon is moving this summer from its original location to an expanded 15,000 square foot site on the North Park blocks in Portland, and reopening as the Museum of Contemporary Craft. The transition marks a milestone for the 70 year old institution.

Jan Yager - Tiara of Useful Knowledge. City Flora: The Philadelphia Series
Jan Yager, Tiara of Useful Knowledge. City Flora: The Philadelphia Series (2006), transforms into: 8 Brooches, 2 Stick Pins, Tie Tack, Pendant and Headband. Oxidized Sterling Silver, 18K & 14K Gold [Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland OR, Jul 22-Sept 23]


The inaugural exhibition, Craft in America: Expanding Traditions, seeks to create a historical framework through which to understand the evolution of craft in America. The nationally touring exhibit is one facet of a multimedia project that includes a three-part television documentary, a website and an illustrated book. It showcases over 100 pieces of furniture, ceramics, basketry, textiles, glass, jewellery, metal and wood pieces from different periods and cultural affiliations dating from the Industrial Revolution to the present time. 

Both utilitarian and decorative works are featured. The pioneering artisans of the American Indians and Amish communities used indigenous materials to create pieces drawn from their cultural heritage. Examples from the Arts and Crafts Movement depict the labour inherent in handcrafted objects that was intended to morally improve society. Artworks from the WPA and other government-sponsored projects of the 1930s are highlighted alongside work by European designers who settled in America during that time. Contemporary works from the Studio Craft Movement, which developed after World War II, redefine the expressive potential of traditional and nontraditional materials while challenging formal considerations.

www.contemporarycrafts.org

Allyn Cantor

Chunghi Choo - Decanter
Chunghi Choo, Decanter (1980), silver-plated electroformed copper [Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland OR, Jul 22-Sept 23]


Teri Greeves (Kiowa) - Prayer Blanket
Teri Greeves (Kiowa), Prayer Blanket (2006), beaded hide and fibre [Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland OR, Jul 22-Sept 23]


Exterior of the new Museum of Contemporary Craft
Exterior of the new Museum of Contemporary Craft (re-opening July 22, 2007 at 724 Northwest Davis Street), [Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland OR, from Jul 22]

 Wed, Jun 6, 2007