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Shows to See: April/May 2014

Shows to See: April/May 2014

Shows to See: April/May 2014

April/May 2014 issue of American Craft magazine
Author Staff
Paul Evans and Phillip Lloyd Powell, Cabinet

Paul Evans and Phillip Lloyd Powell, Cabinet. Photo: Sotheby's

CA / Los Angeles
Autry National Center
Floral Journey: Native North American Beadwork
to Apr. 26
A garden of beads blooms in this display of 250 items including moccasins, dresses, bags, and jackets drawn from numerous collections. As works of art and items for trade, these objects have provided both cultural and economic sustenance for their makers; many are on public view for the first time.

DC / Washington
Smithsonian Craft Show
Apr. 10 – 13
In conjunction with this show of work by more than 100 artists is “A Conversation with Wendell Castle and Albert Paley,” a panel discussion with the two ACC Fellows moderated by ACC trustee and former Renwick Gallery curator Michael Monroe. Castle and Paley have been chosen for the show’s inaugural Visionary Awards, which honor artists at “the pinnacle in the world of sculptural arts and design.”

FL / Miami
Pérez Art Museum Miami
to May 1, 2015
A two-year cycle of thematically linked exhibitions under the “Americana” title marks the opening of six new galleries. This first round includes “Formalizing Craft,” a survey of craft mediums and messages through works made in the Americas. One example: Wake and Wonder, by Adrian Esparza of El Paso, Texas, made of a reconstructed serape, evokes the artist’s life on the U.S.-Mexico border.

MA / Brockton
Fuller Craft Museum
The Stories We Tell: Works by Tommy Simpson, Michelle Holzapfel, and Binh Pho
to Jun. 15
Michelle Holzapfel’s richly textured surfaces, Binh Pho’s colorful imagery on pierced wood, and ACC Fellow Tommy Simpson’s whimsically organic forms all lend themselves to narrative. This show includes the furniture, sculpture, and other works in wood for which these artists are known, as well as ceramics, textile designs, and painted reliefs – each with a tale to tell.

MN / St. Croix River Valley
22nd Annual Pottery Studio Tour & Sale
May 9 – 11
This self-guided tour of seven studios tucked among spring-green forests and hills is a progressive party for clay lovers. Each studio offers the work of its owner and of guests invited from across the country – 51 artists in all – along with snacks, beverages, and plenty of pottery chatter.

MN / St. Paul
Minnesota Museum of American Art
Objects: MMAA
to Apr. 13
In this exhibition, the perennial question “Where is the line between art and craft?” meets another one: “Is there a line?” The catalogue for the seminal 1969 show “Objects: USA” informed curator Christina Chang’s selection of 50 objects from the museum’s collection – including
furniture, tableware, pottery, and prints – along with works by five contemporary artists. Among the wide range of artists represented: ACC Fellow Stanley Lechtzin, Monica Rudquist, and Paul Klee.

NE / Lincoln
The Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery
Complexity 2014
Apr. 7 – May 9
This juried show of work by members of Complex Weavers, an international group dedicated to expanding the boundaries of hand-weaving, travels to Washington state and Rhode Island after its Lincoln run.

NY / New York City
Collective 2 Design Fair
May 8 – 11
Design innovation is the guiding principle behind this selection of furniture, art, and trend-representing objects from international galleries, now in its second year.

NY / Rochester
Memorial Art Gallery
Matisse as Printmaker: Works from the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation
Apr. 6 – Jun. 8
Alongside etchings, monotypes, aquatints, lithographs, and lino­cuts by the French master Henri Matisse is a companion show of works in clay by his great-grandson. At East Fork Pottery in Marshall, North Carolina, which he founded in 2010, Alex Matisse creates functional wood-fired forms with deep roots in tradition and expressive surfaces all his own. This is the first time work by the artists has been shown together.

PA / Doylestown
James A. Michener Art Museum
Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries and Crafting Modernism
to Jun. 1
From his early metalwork and jewelry through his evolution to furniture maker, sculptor, and designer, Paul Evans constantly experimented with  ideas and how to execute them, making his workspace as much a laboratory as a shop. This first retrospective brings together more than 60 pieces from every phase of his innovative career.

PA / Philadelphia
The Center for Art in Wood
Roy Superior: Patent Models for a Good Life
to Apr. 19
Roy Superior, who died this past fall, was a painter, sculptor, woodworker, and teacher – as well as a man who greatly enjoyed life. This “visual biography” includes furniture, drawings, and models for imaginary machines.

PA / Philadelphia
Wexler Gallery
Andy Paiko: New Work
to Apr. 26
Andy Paiko’s blown-glass sculptures, vessels, and installations are inspired by Victorian objects, Renaissance designs, and antique machinery; his decision not to incorporate color allows their forms to shine.

VA / Norfolk
Chrysler Museum of Art
Libenský and Brychtová: Selections from the Anderson Collection
May 10 – Aug. 31
The Chrysler’s brand-new glass gallery debuts big, with more than a dozen works by the Czech wife-and-husband team of Jaroslava Brychtová and the late Stanislav Libenský, best known for large, deceptively simple sculptural works infused with subtle color and pattern.

WA / Bellevue
Bellevue Arts Museum
Fragile Fortress: The Art of Dan Webb
to Jun. 15
Dan Webb’s exquisitely crafted representational wood sculptures, with imagery ranging from drapery to dandelions, have earned him a devoted following. This first solo museum show of his work unites more than a dozen of his best-known pieces with new ones on view for the first time.