Shows to See: Alchemy, Dragons, Shifting Paradigms, and More

Shows to See: Alchemy, Dragons, Shifting Paradigms, and More

John Mason Red X

John Mason, Red X. Photo: Musueum Associates / LACMA

March is jam-packed full of awesome craft events. Here are five must-see shows. Head over to the calendar to see more events happening across the country.

CA / Claremont
Scripps College, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery
Clay's Tectonic Shift: John Mason, Ken Price, and Peter Voulkos, 1956 - 1968
to Apr. 8
Mason, Price, and Voulkos shattered notions of clay as a purely functional medium. Early style-defining works from all three artists are shown together, connecting their impact on post-war California art and the studio craft world.

DC / Washington
The Textile Museum
Dragons, Nagas, and Creatures of the Deep
to Jan. 6, 2013
Celebrating the year of the dragon, the Textile Museum reaches into its collection to display work from the 16th to 20th centuries showing dragons, snakes, and other serpentine creatures. With connections to water, rainfall, and fertility, these mythical beasts have found their way into Asian and Asian-inspired work from around the globe.

MN / St. Paul
American Association of Woodturners Gallery of Wood Art
Beyond Containment
to May 24
This exhibition, the sixth in the AAW's Professional Outreach Program invitational series, asks 40 artists from around the world to move outside of the box - and vessel and bowl - pushing woodturning into new conceptual spaces.

TN / Memphis
Metal Museum
Alchemy
Mar. 9 - Jun. 3
Sponsored by the Enamelist Society, this show combines two juried exhibitions: the 13th Biennial International Juried Enamel Exhibition and the ninth International Juried Student Enamel Exhibition. The former features the best contemporary enamel work form the past two years; the latter includes pieces from emerging artists who demonstrate style and skill.

TX / Houston
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Shifting Paradigms in Contemporary Ceramics: The Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio Collection
to Jun. 3
Following two conceptual narratives - vessel and sculpture - the exhibition shows the evolution of post-World War II ceramics, with nearly 200 pieces from the Clark-Del Vecchio collection. Important work from masters, emerging artists, and famous non-clay artists, such as Claes Oldenburg, is on display.