Currently on View: February 6 - May 31, 2021
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville, AR)
Curated by Jen Padgett (Associate Curator) and Glenn Adamson (Guest Curator and Scholar)
Crafting America, a new exhibition developed by Crystal Bridges, celebrates the skill and individuality of craft within the broad context of American art. From jewelry to furniture to sculptures and more, this exhibition is dazzling and full of surprises.
Featuring over 100 works in ceramics, fiber, wood, metal, glass, and more unexpected materials, Crafting America presents a diverse and inclusive story of American craft from the 1940s to today, highlighting the work of artists such as Ruth Asawa, Beatrice Wood, Shan Goshorn, Nick Cave, and more. Craft has long been a realm accessible to the broadest range of individuals, providing an opportunity to explore personal creativity, innovation, and technical skill. This exhibition foregrounds varied backgrounds and perspectives in craft, from the vital contributions of Indigenous artists to the new skills and points of view brought by immigrants to the United States.
Developed by Jen Padgett, associate curator at Crystal Bridges, and Glenn Adamson, guest curator and scholar of craft, design history, and contemporary art, Crafting America asserts craft's integral role in expanding the story of American art and is accompanied by a major multi-author illustrated publication published by Crystal Bridges and the University of Arkansas Press.
*Stay tuned for more information on the forthcoming exhibition catalog, Crafting America, published by the University of Arkansas Press and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
ABOUT THE CURATORS
Jen Padgett is an associate curator at Crystal Bridges. Her research focuses on modern art from the 1900s to 1950s, exploring connections between media and intersections between fine art and design.
Glenn Adamson is a curator and writer who works at the intersection of craft, design history and contemporary art. Currently Senior Scholar at the Yale Center for British Art, he has previously been Director of the Museum of Arts and Design; Head of Research at the Victoria & Albert Museum; and Curator at the Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee.
“Crafting America” has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.