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Philadelphia Museum of Art

Exhibition Detail
Craft Spoken Here
Curated by: Elisabeth Agro
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia 19130

May 5th, 2012 - August 12th, 2012
May 5th, 2012 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Master #264, Pair on Base, Bennett BeanBennett Bean, Master #264, Pair on Base,
1998, Pit-fired earthenware with acrylic decoration (outer surface) and gold leaf decoration (interior), a: 13 1/2 x 12 3/4 inches ; b: 14 1/4 x 13 1/2 inches
© Courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art
Coastal Stack V 8, Michael J. PetersonMichael J. Peterson, Coastal Stack V 8,
200, Madrone burl, carved, sandblasted, bleached, and pigmented , 46 x 34 x 30 inches (116.8 x 86.4 x 76.2 cm)
© Courtesy of the artist & Philadelphia Museum of Art
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lacquer, paper, fiber, ceramic, glass, metal, Wood

Crafts were prominent among the first works of art to enter the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art when it was founded in 1876, and the Museum has continued to collect and exhibit crafts. Today, thanks in large part to the Women’s Committee and gifts from individuals, the Museum is particularly well-known for its holdings of twentieth-and twenty-first-century American, European, and Asian craft. With Craft Spoken Here, the Museum seizes the opportunity to experiment with its collection and to understand craft in an international context. Some forty contemporary works from 1960 to the present in ceramic, glass, metal, wood, lacquer, paper, and fiber—some by living, acclaimed artists and others by lesser-known creators—are on view. Representing the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe, the works highlight formal qualities that cross cultures, time, and media. Craft Spoken Here features an array of engaging education programs and interpretive materials, including on-site artist demonstrations and hands-on craftmaking activities for the public.

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