6° : To the Past, Towards the Future presented by Craft Contemporary
How does the institution evolve over time? Upon its founding as the Egg & the Eye by Edith Wylie, the institution’s goal was always to highlight marginalized, and global, art. Over the course of its 55-year history, however, the institution has had to resolve some of the problematic aspects of its legacy in order to create a more democratic public space. Some of the steps that the museum has taken include: transforming from a private to a public non-profit model, deaccessioning its permanent collection, and changing its name from Craft & Folk Art Museum to Craft Contemporary.
After confronting its past, how can Craft Contemporary continue to evolve in the future? How can the field as a whole start to move away from one central, and Eurocentric, narrative in order to relocate craft in the multiplicities of local narratives
Holly Jerger – Exhibitions Curator, Craft Contemporary
Namita Gupta Wiggers – Director of the MA in Critical Craft Studies, Warren Wilson College, Craft Scholar, and Curator
Alma Ruiz – Senior Fellow, Center for Business and Management of the Arts, Claremont Graduate University, and independent curator
Moderated by Andres Payan Estrada, Curator of Public Programs
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