Web Extras: April/May 2013
Web Extras: April/May 2013
One Crafty Book Club
The American Craft Council book club officially launched this year with Christopher Benfey’s Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay, named one of the New York Times’ notable books of 2012. If you couldn’t attend the ACC’s February discussion with the Baltimore Bibliophile, Celeste Sollod, you can continue the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #accreads.
No Shushing Allowed
The ACC library isn’t your typical quiet research space. This spring it’ll be the stage for a screening of Eames films (with special seating in Eames chairs, of course), a cup exchange and storytelling session, and the first-ever Craft Cage Match. It’s all part of the ACC’s Salon Series programming from March through June. We hope you’ll join us in the stacks – no library card required.
Calling All Ceramics Lovers
In March, ACC librarian Jessica Shaykett appeared on a “Ceramics and the Archive” panel at the NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) conference. If you couldn’t make it to Houston, you can still tap into our conversation with Richard Notkin and Cristina Córdova, two of the NCECA Biennial exhibition’s jurors. The show will be at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft through May 5. Plus, read our Top 10 NCECA Conference moments.
Two ACC shows have been put to bed, and St. Paul takes place April 19 – 21. But we know you may not be able to attend a show in person, so we’re bringing the experience to you. Log on to view photos of craft-inspired rooms created by interior designers, recordings of presentations, and recaps of Baltimore and Atlanta award ceremonies.
Juror, speaker, curator, and friend to Philadelphia, Ruth Snyderman of Snyderman-Works Galleries has devoted her life to craft. Her infectious zeal helped transform two Philadelphia neighborhoods into thriving cultural hubs and inspired numerous people to become lifelong craft collectors. American Craft caught up with this pillar of the community in advance of a recent gala at the Clay Studio to honor her contributions to the field.
Card Catalogue Challenge
What do you get when you ask people to turn old bibliography cards into something new in less than two months? A lot of requests for cards and some pretty amazing project proposals, such as Dewey’s Decimal Dilemma – a giant watercolor quilt made by 35 people from 425 individually painted cards. Results have been documented online, where you’ll find Q&As with the artists and photos of their finished pieces.
Links We Love
Let’s face it: There aren’t enough hours in the day to read all the interesting news about art, craft, design, and culture. Nor is there enough time to write about it. That’s why the ACC staff kicked off a new blog, The Week in Craft. Tune in on Wednesdays for a roundup of links we think are worth a look (and won’t take a big bite out of your day).
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