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Arkansas Art Center-Museum of Art

Exhibition Detail
Inciteful Clay
Curated by: Judith S. Schwartz
501 East 9th Street
Little Rock, Arkansas 72202

April 4th, 2014 - June 29th, 2014
April 4th, 2014 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Mirro-Matic Electric Fry with Acoma Jar and Mimbres Men Setting Bird Snare bowl, Brook Le VanBrook Le Van,
Mirro-Matic Electric Fry with Acoma Jar and Mimbres Men Setting Bird Snare bowl,
2000, earthenware and found object, 12 x 17 x 4 inches
© Courtesy of the artist & The ARKANSAS ART CENTER-MUSEUM OF ART
United States
501 372 4000
Tue-Sat 10-5; Sun 11-5 / Library Hours: Tue-Wed 10-3

InCiteful Clay offers an unparalleled overview of an emergent movement in contemporary ceramics dedicated to social commentary. Artists have long used their creations as powerful vehicles to confront society with major problems of the day, expanding from paintings, sculptures, prints, and photographs to installations and electronic media over the last century. Social concern has also become an area of increasing interest in contemporary craft.

Incorporating a broad range of work, this selection of 27 ceramics looks at artists who have mustered an age-old medium to issue provocative critiques of current social and political inequities. The premise of this exhibition is organized around five themes: war and politics; the social and human condition; gender issues; environmental concerns; and popular and material culture. The artists have conveyed their messages in styles that are aggressive, violent, disturbing, irreverent, and at times, humorous, but ever passionate. They rely on figurative imagery, narrative content, and a range of expressive avenues, including caricature, parody, satire, obscenity, erotica, and the grotesque.

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