40 under 40: Craft Futures feat ures forty artists born since 1972\, the year the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s contemporary craft and decorative arts program was established at its branch museum\, the Renwick Gallery. The exhibition investigates evolvi ng notions of craft within traditional media such as ceramics and metalwork \, as well as in fields as varied as sculpture\, industrial design\, instal lation art\, fashion design\, sustainable manufacturing\, and mathematics. The range of disciplines represented illustrates new avenues for the handma de in contemporary culture.


All of the artworks selected for displa y in the exhibition were created since Sept. 11\, 2001. This new work refle cts the changed world that exists today\, which poses new challenges and co nsiderations for artists. These 40 artists are united by philosophies for l iving differently in modern society with an emphasis on sustainability\, a return to valuing the hand-made and what it means to live in a state of per sistent conflict and unease.


Nicholas R. Bell\, The Fleur and Charl es Bresler Curator of American Craft and Decorative Art at the Renwick Gall ery\, organized the exhibition. The museum hopes to acquire works by every artist featured in the exhibition to commemorate the fortieth anniversary o f the Renwick Gallery.

LOCATION:The Renwick Gallery (Smithsonian American Art Museum)\,1661 Pennsy lvania Avenue NW \nWashington\, \, DC 20006 SUMMARY:40 under 40: Craft Futures\, Vivian Beer\, Melanie Bilenker\, Jeffr ey Clancy\, Dave Cole\, Cristina Córdova\, Gabriel Craig\, Jennifer Crupi\, Erik Demaine\, Joshua DeMonte\, Brian Dettmer\, Nick Dong\, Joseph Foster Ellis\, Jeff Garner\, Theaster Gates\, Sabrina Gschwandtner\, Jenny Hart\, William Hilgendorf\, Jason Horvath\, Sergey Jivetin\, Lauren Kalman\, Lara Knutson\, Stephanie Liner\, Marc Maiorana\, Sebastian Martorana\, Christy M atson\, Cat Mazza\, Anna Von Mertens\, Daniel Michalik\, Matt Moulthrop\, C hristy Oates\, Olek\, Andy Paiko\, Mia Pearlman\, L. J. Roberts\, Laurel Ro th\, Shawn Smith\, Jen Stark\, Matthew Szösz\, Jamin Uticone\, Stacey Lee W ebber\, Bohyun Yoon END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR