Shows to See: October/November 2015

Shows to See: October/November 2015

Published on Sunday, September 13, 2015. This article appears in the August/September 2015 issue of American Craft Magazine.
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Bruce Metcalf The Center for Art in Wood

Bruce Metcalf at the Center for Art in Wood​. Photo: Bruce Metcalf

CA / Berkeley
Trax Gallery
Julia Galloway
Oct. 14 – Nov. 14 
Julia Galloway calls herself a “utilitarian potter.” The word captures the domestic functionality of her vessels – cups, pitchers, sugar bowls, and creamers – but does not suggest the elaborate and engaging ornamentation she endows them with: letters, numbers, architectural and natural imagery, in fine lines and glowing colors.

CA / Pomona
W. Keith & Janet Kellogg University Art Gallery, Cal Poly Pomona  
David Jang: Prequel to 2018
to Oct. 29
David Jang’s raw material is the stuff of recycling bins – chip bags, window blinds, anything cast off and disused – which he turns into sculptures that probe the layers of meaning coded into everyday objects.

CA / San Diego
Mingei International Museum 
Made in America: Craft Icons of the 50 States
to Feb. 21
Mingei represents a coast-tocoast cornucopia of traditions and talent with objects including Native American works in clay, fiber, basketry, and jewelry from 10 states; a Sam Maloof rocking chair (California); contemporary glass by Dale Chihuly (Washington); and a 1934 quilt of sock tops by Ida Jones (Alabama).

DC / Washington
Renwick Gallery 
Nov. 13 – Jul. 10 
The Smithsonian’s craft and decorative art gallery reopens after a two-year renovation of its historic home. Using materials such as rubber tires, wood, marbles, index cards, and even insects, nine artists – Jennifer Angus, Chakaia Booker, Gabriel Dawe, Tara Donovan, Patrick Dougherty, Janet Echelman, John Grade, Maya Lin, and Leo Villareal – create installations that turn the whole building into a giant work of art.

IL / Chicago
National Museum of Mexican Art 
Deportable Aliens: New Work by Rodrigo Lara Zendejas
to Feb. 23 
In the Mexican Repatriation of the Great Depression, somewhere between 500,000 and 2 million people were forced to leave the US without due process, ostensibly to free up jobs and resources for Americans. But many of those kicked out were American citizens. In this site-specific installation of figurative ceramics, Rodrigo Lara Zendejas takes a provocative look at this infamous

MN / Minneapolis
Walker Art Center 
Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia
Oct. 24 – Feb. 28 
The pursuit of the groovy was culture-wide in the 1960s and ’70s, and in the search for a better, or at least different, tomorrow, artists and designers were in the rule-busting, mindblowing vanguard. The Walker revisits this transformative moment via artifacts such as experimental furniture, film, and living environments. episode and the anti-immigrant sentiment that made it possible. 

NY / New York City
Museum of Arts and Design 
Wendell Castle Remastered
Oct. 20 – Feb. 28 
Early recordings of countless musical titans have been refreshed through the magic of digital technology. Here, studio furniture rock star Wendell Castle applies a similar idea to work from the start of his nearly 60-year career. The ACC Fellow has been reviewing his own back numbers, then riffing on them in new pieces that incorporate digital techniques, such as computercontrolled milling, alongside traditional woodworking methods. Both the originals and the works they inspired are on view.

PA / Lancaster
Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen Fine Craft Fair
Nov. 14 – 15 
Browse work in all craft mediums by 120 artists, to the ethereal sounds of live handpan music; recharge in the massage and mimosa booth.

PA / Philadelphia
Craft NOW Phildelphia 
Scheduled to coincide with the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show (Nov. 12 – 15)
Craft NOW Philadelphia is a weeklong celebration of the city’s creative culture. The coordinated effort includes four shows looking at the ACC Fellows who have left a giant artistic imprint on the area.

At the Philadelphia Art Alliance, Material Legacy (to Nov. 30) presents work in fiber by Adela Akers, Lewis Knauss, and Warren Seelig; glass by Judith Schaechter; and porcelain by Paula Winokur. The Clay Studio’s Fellowship in Clay (Oct. 2 – Nov. 29) focuses on four artists –William Daley, Rudolf Staffel, Paula Winokur, and Robert Winokur – who also have been leading local educators. The Center for Art in Wood presents Art in Wood (Oct. 30 – Jan. 16), with work by Sharon Church, David Ellsworth, Michael Hurwitz, Bruce Metcalf, and George Nakashima. And last but not least, the PMA’s At the Center (to Jul. 31) highlights the work of fiber artist Ted Hallman and ceramist Robert Winokur.

WA / Tacoma 
Museum of Glass 
Every Soil Bears Not Everything
to May 15 
At last, a career retrospective of the innovative duo, Joey Kirkpatrick and Flora C. Mace. When the two first teamed up at the Pilchuck Glass School 36 years ago, a technique was born: They made “drawings” in bent wire, colored them in glass cane, then applied them to vessels in the hot shop. In sculptures, installations, and glass, the artists continue to explore how the 2D disciplines of drawing and painting can be integral elements of works in 3D. Within this exhibition, the museum also offers a closeup look at the partners’ recent Botanicals series of plants immortalized in layers of glass (on view Oct. 24 – Apr. 3).