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Featuring nearly 90 installations\, sculptures\, furniture\, and objects\, Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art\, Craft and Design explores some of the most cutting-edge conceptual and technical trends in woodworking today. The exhibition emphasizes the way artists\, d esigners\, and craftspeople have incorporated postmodernist approaches and strategies into woodworking—deconstructing vessel shapes\, playing on the r elationship between function and form\, and utilizing woodturning and furni ture techniques in the creation of sculpture and demonstrating exciting pos sibilities through the use of technology.

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Against the Grain is part of MAD’s ongoing “Materials &\; Process” series\, dedicated to exploring contemporary innovations in traditional techniques and materials \, and highlights the tremendous creative energy and fresh thinking that cr eators are bringing to wood today. The exhibition features 57 artists and d esigners from around the world\, including influential sculptors Ursula von Rydingsvard\, Courtney Smith\, and Martin Puryear (who will display a furn iture-based piece for the first time)\; installation artists Gary Carsley\, Sarah Oppenheimer and Alison Elizabeth Taylor\; designers Maarten Baas\, S ebastian Errazuriz\, and Pablo Reinoso\; and studio wood artists Wendell Ca stle\, Bud Latven\, Andrew Early\, and Hunt Clark\, among others.

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< em>Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art\, Craft and Design is o rganized the Museum of Arts and Design and curated by Lowery Stokes Sims\, Charles Bronfman International Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design\, a ssisted by Elizabeth Edwards Kirrane\, Assistant Curator at MAD and project manager for the exhibition.

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The exhibition tour includes the Mint Museum\, Charlotte\, NC (September 1\, 2012—January 27\, 2013)\, Museum of Arts and Design\, New York\, NY (March 19—July 7\, 2013).

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