CANCELLED: Screening of On the Ice

Tonight’s (Saturday) screening of “On the Ice” is cancelled due to inclement weather. The irony of this is not lost on us. Watch website for new date.

Co-sponsored by Hollywood Theatre, Portland’s historic non-profit theatre, this festival will feature films by Native filmmakers, including the feature-length film, On the Ice, by Andrew Okpeaha MacLean.

This is a featured program in conjunction with This is not a Silent Movie, an exhibition Organized by The Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) in collaboration with the Anchorage Museum that is centered around four acclaimed Alaska Native artists whose groundbreaking contemporary works question institutional methods of identifying Native heritage, examine their own mixed-race identities, and challenge perceptions and stereotypes about indigenous peoples.

Additional information and TICKETS!

The Hollywood Theatre is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to entertain, inspire, educate and connect the community through the art of film, while preserving a historic Portland landmark. See more here.

Posted on 02/04 at 04:53 PM

This is Not a Silent Movie | Opening Festivities All Week

Organized by the Anchorage Museum and the Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, This Is Not A Silent Movie: Four Contemporary Alaska Native Artists, is centered around four acclaimed Alaska Native artists whose groundbreaking contemporary works question institutional methods of identifying Native heritage, examine their own mixed-race identities, and challenge perceptions and stereotypes about indigenous peoples. The exhibition opens this week at Museum of Contemporary Craft, where it will be on view through April 19, 2014.

Join us for three events to welcome this highly-lauded and much anticipated exhibition to Portland:

Members’ Preview Opening Reception
Thursday, January 30, 6 – 8pm
Museum of Contemporary Craft

This event is open to Museum members and special guests, including featured artists and curator Julie Decker, PhD. Not a Museum member but want to attend? Sign up today for as little as $25-per year.

This is not a Silent Movie | Symposium
Friday, January 31, 9am – 4:30pm
Portland Art Museum, Grand Ballroom

This day-long symposium begins with panel discussions with Native artists and curators, then moves into breakout sessions on Place and Identity from which actionable items are expected to emerge at the end of the day. Moderators include: Julie Decker Ph.D CEO, Anchorage Museum, and curator This Is Not A Silent Movie; Deana Dartt, Ph.D., Curator of Native American Art, Portland Art Museum; Todd Clark, curator of I.M.N.D.N.—Native Art for the 21st Century, currently on view at Marylhurst Art Gym; and Terri Hopkins, former director Marylhurst Art Gym. In conversation with visiting artists: Kaila Farrell-Smith; Nicholas Galanin; Sonya Kelliher-Combs; Da-ka-xeen Mehner; Wendy Red-Star; Sara Seistreem; Susie Silook and Demian Diné Yazhi’.
Tickets are available through Eventbrite. Register here.

Curatorial Walkthrough
Saturday, February 1, 11am
Museum of Contemporary Craft

Join Julie Decker, PhD, curator of This is Not a Silent Movie for a walkthrough of the exhibition.
Free and open to the public.

Posted on 01/27 at 09:52 AM

Symposium | This Is Not A Silent Movie

This Is Not A Silent Movie Symposium
Portland Art Museum, Grand Ballroom
Friday, January 31, 2014 9:00 – 4:30

In a unique gathering of contemporary Native artists and curators from Alaska and the Pacific Northwest the This Is Not A Silent Movie Symposium at the Portland Art Museum examines the themes of place and identity through the lens of contemporary Native Art.

This symposium is on the occasion of the exhibition by the same name currently on view at Museum of Contemporary Craft. The exhibition originated from the Anchorage Museum and is circulated by Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles. This Is Not A Silent Movie: Four Contemporary Alaska Native Artists, is centered around four acclaimed Alaska Native artists whose groundbreaking contemporary works question institutional methods of identifying Native heritage, examine their own mixed-race identities, and challenge perceptions and stereotypes about indigenous peoples. Considering aspects of language, representation, and bringing tradition into the contemporary sphere, the works in the exhibition provide a launch point for rich discussion.

It is also part of a larger citywide cultural programming initiative, Illuminations, that comprises This Is Not A Silent Movie, the exhibition I.M.N.D.N. — Native Art for the 21st Century, currently on view at Marylhurst Art Gym, and exhibitions and programs at galleries, arts institutions, and academic institutions throughout the spring.

The symposium begins with panel discussions with Native artists and curators, then moves into breakout sessions on Place and Identity from which actionable items are expected to emerge at the end of the day.

Participants include:
Julie Decker Ph.D CEO, Anchorage Museum (previously Chief Curator), curator This Is Not A Silent Movie
Deana Dartt, Ph.D., Curator of Native American Art, Portland Art Museum
Todd Clark, curator of I.M.N.D.N. — Native Art for the 21st Century, currently on view at Marylhurst Art Gym
Terri Hopkins, former director Marylhurst Art Gym

Artists include:
Kaila Farrell-Smith
Nicholas Galanin
Sonya Kelliher-Combs
Da-ka-xeen Mehner
Wendy Red-Star
Sara Seistreem
Susie Silook
Demian Diné Yazhi’

Hosts:
Namita Gupta Wiggers, Director and Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Craft
Nicole Nathan, Curator of Collections, Museum of Contemporary Craft

Adults $85. Members $75. Students $45.
Please purchase tickets at: https://tinasmsymposium.eventbrite.com

SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE

9:00-10:15
Panel Discussion
Moderated by Julie Decker, Ph.D., curator of This is not a Silent Movie, in conversation with four contemporary Alaskan artists–Nicholas Galanin, Sonya Keliher-Combs, Da-ka-xeen Mehner, and Susie Silook–on their work, the exhibition, and its themes.

10:30-11:45
Panel Discussion
Moderated by Deana Dartt-Newton, Ph.D., Curator of Native American Art at Portland Art Museum, in conversation with four Northwest contemporary artists: Demian Dine’ Yazhi’, Wendy Red-Star, Sara Siestreem, Kaila Farrell-Smith, and Sara Seistreem.

noon-1:30
Break

1:45-3:00
Breakout Sessions
Led by curators and artists in dialogue with symposium attendees about issues relating to place and identity raised in the preceding Panel Discussions.

3:15-4:30
Charrette
All symposium attendees regroup to report about the Breakout Sessions and create visual maps connecting ideas and themes.

Location: Portland Art Museum, Kridel Grand Ballroom

Tickets are available through Eventbrite:
$85 for the public
$45 for Members of Museum of Contemporary Craft, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) or Portland Art Museum’s Native American Arts Council
$20 for students with ID
Free for PNCA faculty, staff, and students
Lunch and parking are not included.

Posted on 01/21 at 04:23 PM

Occupy This! Agency & Jewelry Thinking: A Maker’s Guide

Occupy This! Agency & Jewelry Thinking: A Maker’s Guide

Presented by Benjamin Lingel and Namita Gupta Wiggers, co-sponsored by Art Jewelry Forum and Applied Craft + Design, a joint MFA degree program of OCAC and PNCA.

The ambition of this workshop was threefold: to give you an insight into the contemporary jewelry landscape; to give you the instruments to navigate it; and to show you that what you are already doing is part of the Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective discourse.

You make, show, and sell, and make decisions along the way that stake various claims about how you define your work. For example, last week you chose to shoot your latest work against a white background; we asked you why. You decided, instead, to let it hang on the shoulders of a mature sitter. We unpacked with you the implications of that choice.

Together, we discussed the idea that nothing is neutral, and no object is ever “on its own.” Through this workshop, we discussed some tools with which to think through your practice and to occupy the different spaces through which your work can live—the page, the plinth, and the body.

Benjamin Lignel first trained in philosophy and literature, then in art history, at New York University, and finally in furniture design, at London’s Royal College of Art. A lot of his time is devoted to creating jewelry, but the laws of gravity have recently been steering him back toward desktop adventures, including but not limited to curatorial, associative, and writing endeavors.

Lignel is a co-founder of la garantie, association pour le bijou, a French association with a mission to study and promote jewelry. He started contributing essays and op-eds to magazines and publications in 2006, and became a member of “Think Tank, a European Initiative for the Applied Arts,” in 2009. The Editor of Art Jewelry Forum since January 2013, he resides in Paris, France.

Namita Gupta Wiggers is director and chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art. Through curatorial practice, Wiggers considers how craft and design function as subjects and verbs, as simultaneously distinct and intersecting practices, and how the exhibition functions as a site and space for cultural inquiry. Wiggers is the co-founder of the Critical Craft Forum, and serves on the board of trustees of the American Craft Council. She resides in Portland, Oregon.

Posted on 01/09 at 03:56 PM

The Museum and Gallery Store will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Happy Holidays from Museum of Contemporary Craft!

The Museum and Gallery Store will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, December 24-25, 2013. Please visit us when we reopen on December 26 at 11am. The Museum and Gallery Store will be open for limited hours, 11am – 2pm, on New Years Eve, and closed on New Years Day.

Posted on 12/23 at 02:59 PM

John Economaki on Oregon Art Beat

John Economaki, Tool Maker

John Economaki was a woodworker who specialized in fine art furniture when he developed a dangerous allergy to wood dust. He started designing high-end woodworking tools that are highly functional as well as beautiful. These days his tools are highly regarded by woodworkers, and are being featured in an exhibit at Portland’s Museum of Contemporary Craft. See his tools first hand and read more about his story in Quality is Contagious: John Economaki and Bridge City Tool Works at Museum of Contemporary Craft, open through February 8, 2014.

He was recently interviewed by Oregon Art Beat for about his transition to tool-making and his show at MoCC. Original airing: October 31, 2013.

You can watch the segment below:

Producer – Katrina Sarson
Videographer – Tom Shrider
Editor – Nicholas Fisher
Audio – Randy Layton
Additional Crew – Jennifer McCormick
Photos – Joe Felzman

Posted on 11/22 at 02:24 PM

Partner Shout Out! Mabel & Zora and The Bent Brick

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We are delighted to be able to work with the following creative and craft-loving businesses. When you visit our partners on the dates below, they’ll give a percentage of their proceeds to the Museum.

Nov 12
The Bent Brick
1639 NW Marshall St, Portland, OR 97209
Grab your friends and family and treat yourself to a mid-week dinner out!

Nov 12
Mabel & Zora
748 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
A portion of all proceeds from purchases at this Portland clothing boutique will go to MoCC!

And don’t forget to donate to the Willamette Week Give!Guide….

→ Click here to give to your Museum! ←

Posted on 11/11 at 03:33 PM

Members Event: Meet Your Makers and Tool At Hand Reception


Photo by Leah Verwey. Styling by Lauren Raburn.

Members Event: Meet Your Makers and Tool At Hand Reception

Nov 14, 2013
The Gallery Store
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

We’re delighted to welcome Museum Members for this year’s holiday kick-off event, a reception for our current exhibition, Tool at Hand, and an opportunity to meet some of the artists, craftspeople, and designers with work in the Gallery Store at Museum of Contemporary Craft. This festive event will feature dessert and beverage tastings of locals Alma Chocolates, Rawdacious, Nossa Coffee, New Deal Distillery, Bridgeport Brewery, and local wineries.

The Gallery Store offers contemporary ceramics, jewelry, bags, glass, textiles, paper goods, and more, perfect for holiday gifts.

RSVP on EventBrite.

Posted on 11/11 at 03:27 PM

Video and Podcast | Namita Gupta Wiggers and Benjamin Lignel on Contemporary Jewelry


This is Not a Book: A Test Drive through Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective.

Contemporary jewelry is doing OK. It does not need another pat on the back in the form of a 300-page book of images.

When taking on the task of editor in 2010, Damian Skinner decided to treat Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective as an opportunity to examine jewelry as a mature, fully developed practice. Rather than propose yet another set of justifications for its existence, he led a project to provide instruments to navigate the spaces in which jewelry lives (Part 1), to understand the history of the field (Part 2), and to grasp some of the contentious issues that animate jewelry today (Part 3).

This joint lecture by Benjamin Lignel and Namita Wiggers, both contributors to Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective, Part 1, will look at the history of contemporary jewelry through the lens of some of its defining moments. Why was the critique of preciousness so important? What exactly is de-skilling, and does it herald the end of bench-based craft? Why is inheritance an issue for long-term preservation of contemporary jewelry?

Lignel and Wiggers will also discuss the spaces of contemporary jewelry, revealing how they are both found and invented as products of contemporary practice. We will show how such spaces are determined by maker’s willingness to appropriate them and to challenge the limits of what is historically “given.”

While we share some assumptions about contemporary jewelry, our positions as curator and editor/maker have colored, and to some extent polarized, how we think about the field. This lecture is meant to test our methodology and to better understand the functionality of the book as a user-friendly tool kit. The lecture will pick up selected tools in a non-linear presentation of a non-linear book with the goal of leaving the audience with the strange urge to burn, and then redraw the plinth on which contemporary jewelry sits.

This program is co-sponsored by Art Jewelry Forum and the MFA in Applied Craft + Design. A book signing will follow the lecture.

Posted on 11/08 at 04:26 PM

Common Threads Opening

Common Threads, a collaborative mentorship project and exhibition between select PNCA undergraduates and members of the Columbia Fiber Arts Guild, opens tonight in the Lab at MoCC, 5:30-7pm. This event is free and open to the public! Please join us to celebrate a summer’s worth of skill-building, creative challenges, and cultivating community through handcraft.

Featuring:
Laura Burke
Shannon Delahanty
Julie Forbush
Erin Fox
Nicolo Gentile
Shiela Laufer
Madeline Manson
Anastasia McLaughlin
Claire Redman

Organized by Chelsea Heffner and Sarah Margolis-Pineo, with assistance from Caitlin Sweet, (MFA AC+D, ’14)

Posted on 10/24 at 10:48 AM

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