American Craft Council
Museum of Contemporary Craft is pleased to announce the appointment of curator Namita Wiggers to the American Craft Council Board of Trustees, a significant affiliation as the Museum approaches its 75th anniversary.
Since 1943, the American Craft Council has been dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of contemporary American craft. It is a national, nonprofit public educational and marketing organization responding to the trends and needs of the American craft field.
— Posted on 10/26 at 03:42 PM
Call for Proposals
Museum of Contemporary Craft invites handweavers guild members to submit a proposal for a two-week artist residency position in conjunction with the exhibition Laurie Herrick: Weaving Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, on view March 17 – July 30, 2011.
One guild member will be selected through a juried process to create a weaving based on one of Herrick’s designs in an on-site residency at the Museum, March/April 2011. The piece completed during the residency will travel as part of the exhibition to additional venues with works by four other artists-in-residence. Deadline to apply is December 1.
Download the Call for Proposal application (PDF)
— Posted on 10/21 at 05:46 PM
The exhibition catalog that accompanies Ai Weiwei: Dropping the Urn is now available for purchase in The Gallery at Museum of Contemporary Craft. The catalog features four essays commissioned for the exhibition and appearing in both English and Chinese translation. Essays include contributions by Philip Tinari, Dario Gamboni, Stacey Pierson, and Glenn Adamson, as well as the first English translation of an interview with Ai originally published in his White Cover Book (1995). The exhibition catalog is produced in collaboration with Office for Discourse Engineering, a Beijing-based editorial studio, and is distributed in the U.S. by RAM Publications.
— Posted on 10/21 at 04:49 PM
In a new podcast, MoCC curator Namita Gupta Wiggers and Wei Hsueh, Associate Professor in Photography at PNCA, discuss historical and cultural contexts for Ai Weiwei’s Dropping the Urn. To listen, visit the multimedia section of the Ai Weiwei: Dropping the Urn exhibition page.
— Posted on 10/13 at 04:02 PM
Philip Tinari on Ai Weiwei
In conjunction with Ai Weiwei: Dropping the Urn, Beijing-based writer and curator Philip Tinari comes to MoCC for a CraftPerspectives Lecture. Philip Tinari discusses the practices of Jingdezhen porcelain production in the context of Ai Weiwei’s approach. Tinari is founding editor of LEAP, a new bimonthly journal of contemporary Chinese art based in Beijing and published by the Modern Media Group. Since 2007, he has run the publishing imprint, editorial office, and translation studio Office for Discourse Engineering. He has written and lectured widely on contemporary art in China, for publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times Magazine, and Parkett.
CraftPerspectives Lecture: Philip Tinari
Tuesday, October 19, 6:30 pm
Swigert Commons at Pacific Northwest College of Art
1241 NW Johnson St.
Free and open to the public.
Go to calendar.
— Posted on 10/13 at 04:01 PM
Special Member Benefit
Members of Museum of Contemporary Craft are invited to explore the Lan Su Chinese Garden through October 31 in conjunction with Ai Weiwei: Dropping the Urn. This limited time opportunity offers members a chance to learn more about craft and design within the context of contemporary and traditional Chinese culture.
Lan Su Chinese Garden, located within blocks of Museum of Contemporary Craft, is a peaceful escape from our bustling city. The authentically built garden, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this September, is based on a 2,000 year-old Chinese tradition that melds art, architecture, design and nature in perfect harmony. Take advantage of the Garden’s extended hours, open daily from 10–6 pm, as well as their innovative programming. For additional visitor information, see the Lan Su Garden calendar.
Present your Museum membership card at the gate for two free admissions, or at the register for 10% savings at the Garden Shop and Teahouse.
Not a member? Join today!
— Posted on 10/13 at 03:54 PM
Do you enjoy discussing craft? Want to give back to the community? MoCC is now seeking Front Desk Volunteers to join our team.
MoCC welcomes the support of volunteers who want to give back to the community by sharing their time and energy to enhance one of Portland’s premiere art institutions. Volunteers are actively engaged in the life of MoCC and work closely with staff, visitors, and artists in a variety of ways. Opportunities include Front Desk Greeter/Exhibition Gallery Attendant and Front Desk Admissions support.
Find out more about volunteer opportunities at MoCC.
— Posted on 10/13 at 03:32 PM