Craft Happenings: Winter 2024
Craft Happenings: Winter 2024
This winter, warm up with these 18 events and exhibitions happening across the country, organized by the month in which they start.
Disclosure: The Whiteness of Glass
Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York
November 2023–March 2024
“Whiteness” here is very much a racial reference. The show assembles the results of a project that used various methods to document the dominance of white makers and teachers in the glass world, then invited BIPOC artists to turn the data into text and the text into glassworks ranging from the representational to the abstract.
Over/Under: Woven Craft at Mingei
Mingei International Museum, San Diego, California
November 4, 2023–March 10, 2024
The Mingei casts a wide (woven) net for beautiful objects created by the “over-under” process of weaving, including basketry, garments, hats, toys, and jewelry. Filipino fish traps, Japanese rain boots, and Egyptian textiles will also appear, along with work by local makers and a mural by San Diego artist Yomar Augusto evoking woven forms.
Rosanne Somerson: Fluid/Solid
November 10–December 16, 2023
Gallery NAGA, Boston, Massachusetts
Somerson, widely known for her contributions to furniture over a 50-year career, started out as a photographer. This new body of work by the 2009 ACC Fellow incorporates textiles and leather, printed with designs taken from the artist’s own photography of water, to decorate benches, a coffee table, a sideboard, a vanity, and a mail cabinet. A richly illustrated catalog accompanies the exhibition.
Protection: Adaptation and Resistance
Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico
December 3, 2023–April 7, 2024
This showcase of design, tattoo, graphic arts, and ceremonial dress created by Indigenous Alaskan artists is organized around three themes: Land and Culture Protectors, Activists for Justice and Well-being, and Sovereignty and Resilient Futures. The goal, according to organizers, is to “elevate collaboration, allyship, and community as tools of resistance, adaptation, and cultural affirmation.”
Craft Across Continents | Contemporary Japanese and Western Objects: The Lassiter/Ferraro Collection
Mint Museum Uptown, Charlotte, North Carolina
December 9, 2023–May 5, 2024
Lorne Lassiter, former executive director of the Mint (and former vice president of ACC), and her partner, anthropologist Gary Ferraro, will display their distinguished collection of craft from East and West, including an installation by Denmark’s Tobias Møhl, a large vessel by British ceramist Gareth Mason, and wood-fired ceramics and bamboo works from Japan.
Risa Hricovsky: Then Is Now
Arkansas Museum of Fine Art, Little Rock, Arkansas
December 19, 2023–April 28, 2024
Hricovsky’s shag rugs are thick and cheerfully colored, recalling the idealism, and the rec rooms, of the 1960s. They’re also entirely ceramic, obsessively crafted to mimic deep-pile carpeting. The porcelain, organizers write, “is a nod to how fossilized . . . many of those 1960s cultural issues turned out to be.” The “rugs” share space with paintings by the artist.
Oneness: Brie Ruais
Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
February 2–May 4, 2024
When Ruais engages with her medium, she really engages with it. She rolls and wrestles with a mass of clay equal to her body weight until it is worked into meaningful forms—forms embodying a profound sense of time, place, memory, and inner experience. This show gathers eight years of her work.
Arctic Highways: Unbounded Indigenous People
American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota
February 3–May 26, 2024
Twelve artists from Sápmi (the Sámi homelands of northern Scandinavia) and North America join hands to create a showcase of transatlantic Indigenous artistry that expresses the kinship between these peoples—and, the organizers add, “[explores] what it means to be unbounded.” The traveling exhibition includes both artwork and handcrafts.
37th annual National Arts and Crafts Conference and Shows
Grove Park Inn, Asheville, North Carolina
February 16–18, 2024
Seminars, group discussions, demonstrations, educational exhibits, and shows will center on the Arts and Crafts Movement (ca. 1880–1920) and the fine and decorative art that it produced. Attendees can learn about the history and esthetics of the movement and shop for new and antique jewelry, rugs, furniture, pottery, tiles, artwork, and metalware.
Yuma Art Symposium
Lute’s Casino, Yuma, Arizona
February 22–24, 2024
Created in the 1970s by a pair of Arizona Western College professors of metals and clay, the symposium now incorporates fine art and other crafts in its discussions and exhibitions. Metals continue to be important, though; a highlight is the Saw, File, & Solder Sprints event, in which the making of a ring becomes a competitive sport.
Indie Folk: New Art and Sounds from the Pacific Northwest
Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco, California
February 24–June 30, 2024
A playlist of indie folk music will accompany this exhibition of what organizers call “handmade works that are unpretentious, and often blur the line between functionality and aesthetics.” Baskets, patchwork quilts, and handtooled wooden objects mingle with artworks whose spirit is informal, improvisational, and reflective of the rural and working-class character of the region.