Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft
New Exhibition, January 23 - April 18, 2015
Black Mountain College: Shaping Craft + Design
Gallery Talk + Opening Reception, September 5, 2014
Passacaglia (detail)
Manon Caine Russell, Kathryn C. Wanlass, and Marie Eccles Caine Foundation Gift

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Symposium
January 30-31, 2015
Exhibition
August 25 - February 28, 2015
Exhibition
August 25 - February 28, 2015
Crafting a Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft

CRAFTING A CONTINUUM: RETHINKING CONTEMPORARY CRAFT

David Rowe "Untitled", 2012 recycled wood, paint, and mixed media 40 x 140 x 20 in. Photo by Craig Smith, Courtesy of Arizona State University Art Museum and Ceramics Research Center

Black Mountain College: Shaping Craft + Design

BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE: SHAPING CRAFT + DESIGN

This exhibition explores the impact of Black Mountain College on the fields of studio craft and design from the middle of the 20th century through today. Black Mountain College was an experimental liberal arts college located in the rural mountains of North Carolina. Even though the college closed 57 years ago, it continues to be influential in the visual, performing, and literary arts today. Works by former faculty members and students of the college are displayed in this exhibition along with some incorporated pieces from the museum's own collection.

Klompen (detail)

KLOMPEN (DETAIL)

Trimpin

1987, wood, metal, electronics

One of the highlights of the permanent collection is the installation Klompen, by the Seattle-based artist Trimpin. Klompen is a sound sculpture that includes 96 Dutch wooden clogs that connect to a computer by wires suspended from the ceiling. Placing a quarter in the token box electronically triggers mallets in the toes of the shoes. Trimpin is a contemporary artist who uses sound as a medium for sculpture and works between the genres of art, music and science. His influences include German cuckoo clocks, early electronic media and experimental composers. Bring plenty of quarters; Klompen plays 24 different compositions!

Passacaglia (detail)

PASSACAGLIA (DETAIL)

Ann Preston

2007, mixed media; steel, plaster, and acrylic paint

Passacaglia was completed by the L.A. artist Ann Preston in 2007. The sculpture's name derives from a musical form related to dance. Like its name, the sculpture is composed of geometric forms- a dance of triangles that combine to become diamonds, transforming yet again into larger geometric units which expand into a counter rythm of contoured panels.

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