Curatorial Walkthrough for ShowPDX on Saturday, 11/15

On Saturday, November 15 at 11am join Curator and Deputy Director Nicole Nathan for a walkthrough of our recently opened exhibition ShowPDX: A Decade of Portland Furniture Design. Expect thought-provoking conversations with artists represented in the exhibition, unique insights into the process of curating the show, and beautiful examples of millennial furniture design from the Pacific Northwest. The walkthrough is free with Museum admission.

Posted on 11/13 at 07:40 AM

Support your Museum through Willamette Week’s Give!Guide

For the second year in a row, Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with PNCA is participating in Willamette Week’s Give!Guide. We are thrilled by the opportunity to work with this exciting philanthropic project which supports a variety of local nonprofit organizations doing good in their communities.

There are many great reasons to give to Museum of Contemporary Craft. We bring you nationally-recognized exhibitions like Object Focus: The Bowl and Fashioning Cascadia: The Social Life of the Garment. We support students of the arts and makers from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. But we cannot do it without your help.

Please visit Give!Guide to donate. Your gift today supports craft’s tomorrow.

Posted on 11/07 at 02:20 PM

Storefront Residency Project | Liza Rietz + Emily Bixler of BOET

In conjunction with Design Week Portland, The Gallery Store at Museum of Contemporary Craft features the debut collaboration of clothing designer and Fashioning Cascadia featured artist Liza Rietz and jewelry designer Emily Bixler of BOET.

This project will launch with an opening reception from 5-8pm on Thursday, October 2. Visitors will be among the first to be able to purchase designs from this new collaboration. A second reception and sale will be held during Design Week Portland’s launch at Museum of Contemporary Craft on Tuesday, October 7 with the Museum serving as the Northwest Hub for DWP. Rietz and Bixler will be on site for their residency through October 11.

Visit the Museum today to catch the last days of Fashioning Cascadia before its close on October 11. Admission is free on First Thursdays with extended hours until 8pm.

Posted on 10/02 at 12:16 PM

Museum Awarded Grant to Purchase Transference

Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is pleased to announce it has been awarded a grant from The Ford Family Foundation’s Art Acquisition Program in the amount of $11,000 toward the purchase of Transference, a kinetic glass and sound installation by glass artist, Andy Paiko, and sound artist, Ethan Rose.

Transference was commissioned by Museum of Contemporary Craft in 2009 and has been exhibited at the Museum twice: in 2009 in an exhibition of the same name and in 2013, in Object Focus: The Bowl. It will also be a part of the upcoming 2015 summer exhibition The State of Oregon Craft.

The Museum must raise the remaining $2,000 toward the price of the work through donations. Contributions to the purchase of this work can be made by phone 503-546-2654 or at the Museum.

Fin more information in the press release.

Posted on 07/30 at 03:58 PM

PODCAST: Fashioning Cascadia Curatorial Walkthrough

How does fashion and clothing engage craft, technically, materially, and conceptually in the design, production, circulation, use, and reuse of garments? Here, clothing is defined as the objects produced—the physical garments, whereas fashion is viewed as the cultural zeitgeist that fashion embodies: an ever-changing identity for the current moment. Leveraging craft as a framework, Fashioning Cascadia collapses clothing and fashion, bringing together the tangible utility of clothing with the creativity and cultural import of fashion in the Cascadian region.
Featured designers and artists include:
Adam Arnold
Michael Cepress
Anna Cohen for Imperial Stock Ranch
Michelle Lesniak
Carole McClellan
Pendleton Woolen Mills
Portland Garment Factory
Liza Rietz
Emily Spivack
Anna Telcs
Otto Von Busch

Curatorial Walkthrough: Fashioning Cascadia

Join curator Sarah Margolis-Pineo for a walk through of Museum of Contemporary Craft’s most recent exhibition, on view through October 11, 2014


Posted on 06/26 at 05:02 PM

PODCAST: The Business of Fashion Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion | The Business of Fashion with panelists:

Elizabeth Dye, independent designer, Portland
Jennifer Guarino, Chair of the Maker’s Coalition and VP Leather Goods, Shinola, Detroit
Britt Howard and Rosemary Robinson, owners of Portland Garment Factory
Davora Lindner, co-founder of Prairie Underground, Seattle

Prototyping Fashion’s Future: The Business of Fashion

Prototyping Fashion’s Futures is a half-day symposium conceived as a think-tank to envision how Portland can become an incubator for the slow fashion movement.

Download (mp3).


Posted on 06/24 at 04:12 PM

Conversation on Craft in Brooklyn Rail

The Brooklyn Rail features an essay entitled “What Craft is Missing,” penned by Namita Gupta Wiggers, our director and chief curator. The essay, arguing, “Craft in America needs to embrace and engage the diversity of craft practices in contemporary culture right now,” points to our current exhibitions.

Posted on 04/03 at 02:45 AM

TINASM Film Festival

This Sunday, March 30, Museum of Contemporary Craft and Hollywood Theatre present a mini film festival in conjunction with our current exhibition of contemporary Native American artists, This Is Not A Silent Movie.

Co-sponsored by Hollywood Theater, 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 in collaboration with Anchorage Museum.


Two Sundance Shorts

Feature-Length Film
by Andrew Okpeaha McLean

The program will be followed by Q & A with Roben Itchoak, curator-at-large, former curator of the Jensen Arctic Museum in Monmouth, OR.

Posted on 03/27 at 08:04 AM

MoCC mourns Don Reitz

Museum of Contemporary Craft mourns the passing of ceramic artist Don Reitz. A well-loved and respected teacher, Reitz’s legacy lives on through his work and those who learned with and from him. Reitz, along with fellow ceramists Frank Boyden, Elaine Coleman, and Tom Coleman each made a set of eight tea bowls for the 2004 MoCC exhibition, The Soul of a Bowl. Reitz’s bowls became part of the permanent collection and have been featured in the MoCC publication Unpacking the Collection and last year’s critically-acclaimed exhibition, Object Focus: The Bowl.

From Unpacking the Collection, “Reitz is recognized for reviving a centuries old salt-fired glazing process in studio practice in the United States. When fired in a salt kiln, spontaneous recordings of fumes on clay mark the surfaces with unusual colors, an extension of Reitz’s spontaneous and expressionistic approach to ceramics.”

Don will be greatly missed by friends, students and the ceramic community.

Image: L to R: Two tea bowls by Don Reitz and two by Tom Coleman, From The Soul of a Bowl, 2004. (Collection of Museum of Contemporary Craft)

Posted on 03/24 at 01:22 PM

Community Connections | The Unpredictable Nature of Fire: Wood-Fired Pottery

The Unpredictable Nature of Fire: Wood-Fired Pottery is a Community Connections exhibition in the Lab that takes a deeper look into work created in two very different wood-fired kilns: the first, Stephen Mickey’s Soulgama kiln; and the second, Careen Stoll’s Tin Man kiln. A look at the unique qualities of a wood-fired pot: the glaze effects of wood ash and the unpredictability of the finished product. A look at how community plays a crucial role in the firing of these two kilns, and how community develops around the fire.

Concurrent with the work on view at Museum of Contemporary Craft is an additional satellite exhibition of wood-fired ceramics at Biwa, a southeast Portland restaurant. See additional pieces by Dan Kunnecke, Steven Mickey, and Careen Stoll during open hours, seven nights each week, 5pm to midnight.

Posted on 03/19 at 08:34 AM

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