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

Oregonian Reviews Current Exhibition

In The Oregonian piece entitled ‘This Is Not a Silent Movie’ at Museum of Contemporary Craft seeks out past, embraces present, John Motley appreciates the exhibition’s giving contemporary context to work by Native artists saying that the works on display, “prove that the practices of contemporary Alaskan Natives are varied, nuanced and anything but stereotypical.” The exhibition is on view through April 19, 2014.

Posted on 03/04 at 07:33 AM

Illuminations Spring Reading Series of Native American Writers

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) in collaboration with Museum of Contemporary Craft presents the Illuminations Spring Reading Series in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibition This Is Not A Silent Movie: Four Contemporary Alaska Native Artists. The series of readings at the Museum features Native American poets and writers, including Elizabeth Woody, Trevino Brings Plenty, and Stephen Graham Jones.

In a related event, the Alfred Edelman Lecture at PNCA will feature poet and activist Joy Harjo. Harjo will speak on her life and work March 12, 2014 at 6:30 pm in PNCA’s Swigert Commons.

Organized by Monica Drake, head of PNCA’s Writing program, the Illuminations Spring Reading Series is supported by the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation. The impetus, This is Not a Silent Movie: Four Contemporary Alaska Native Artists at Museum of Contemporary Craft, is an exhibition organized by The Craft & Folk Art Museum in collaboration with Anchorage Museum. This programming is supported in part by the Oregon Cultural Trust.


March 12, 2014
Alfred Edelman Lecture: Joy Harjo
Swigert Commons at PNCA, 6:30 pm

April 10, 2014
Trevino Brings Plenty
Elizabeth Woody

The Lab at Museum of Contemporary Craft, 6:30 pm

April 17, 2014
Stephen Graham Jones
The Lab at Museum of Contemporary Craft, 6:30 pm

Joy Harjo
Joy Harjo was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is a member of the Mvskoke Nation. She just published her memoir, Crazy Brave, detailing her journey to becoming a poet.

Harjo’s seven books of poetry, which include such well-known titles as How We Became Human-New and Selected Poems, The Woman Who Fell From the Sky, and She Had Some Horses, have garnered many awards. These include the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas; and the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. In 2009, For A Girl Becoming was published.

She has released four award-winning CD’s of original music and in 2009 won a Native American Music Award (NAMMY) for Best Female Artist of the Year for Winding Through the Milky Way. Her most recent CD release is a traditional flute album: Red Dreams, a Trail Beyond Tears. She performs nationally and internationally with her band, the Arrow Dynamics.

She also performs her one-woman show, Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light, which premiered at the Wells Fargo Theater in Los Angeles in 2009 with recent performances at the Public Theater in NYC and LaJolla Playhouse as part of the Native Voices at the Autry. She has received a Rasmuson: US Artists Fellowship and is a founding board member of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. Harjo writes a column “Comings and Goings” for her tribal newspaper, the Muscogee Nation News. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Stephen Graham Jones
Stephen Graham Jones is the author of 18 books. Most recent are the detective novel Not for Nothing, the flash fiction collection States of Grace, and the zombie novel The Gospel of Z. Coming soon is a young-adult novel and another collection of horror stories.

Jones has been a Shirley Jackson Award finalist three times, a Bram Stoker Award finalist, a Black Quill Award finalist, an International Horror Guild finalist, a Colorado Book Award Finalist, a Texas Monthly Book Selection, and has won the Texas Institute of Letters Award for Fiction and the Independent Publishers Award for Multicultural Fiction. He’s also been a Texas Writers League Fellow and an NEA fellow in fiction. His short fiction has been in Cemetery Dance, Asimov’s, Weird Tales, The Magazine of Bizarro Fiction, and journals including Open City, Black Warrior Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Literal Latte, and Cutbank.

Jones, a Blackfeet, was born in 1972 in West Texas. He is a professor of humanities at The University of Colorado at Boulder, having received his PhD from Florida State University in 2000.

Trevino Brings Plenty
Trevino L. Brings Plenty is an American and Native American; a Lakota Indian born on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, South Dakota, USA. Currently, Plenty is a poet and musician based in Portland, Oregon. He is singer/songwriter/guitarist for the musical ensemble Ballads of Larry Drake. He has read/performed his work at poetry festivals as far away as Amman, Jordan and close to his home base at Portland’s Wordstock Festival. In college, Plenty worked with Primus St. John and Henry Carlile for this poetry work, studied with Tomas Svoboda for music composition, and Jerry Hahn for Jazz guitar. His books include Real Indian Junk Jewelry (2012) and Shedding Skins: Four Sioux Poets (2008).

Elizabeth Woody
Elizabeth Woody is an enrolled member of the Confederate Tribes of Warm Springs in Oregon. She was born in Ganado, Arizona, and studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, earning a BA in the humanities from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, in 1991. Her collections of poetry include Hand into Stone (1988) (reprinted as Seven Hands, Seven Hearts), winner of the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, and Luminaries of the Humble (1994). Woody received the William Stafford Memorial Prize for Poetry from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association in 1994. She has also been the recipient of Hedgebrook’s J.T. Stewart Award for transformational work and a “Medicine Pathways for the Future” Fellowship/Kellogg Fellowship. Woody works as a program coordinator for the National Science Foundation’s Center for Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction. She is a founding member of the Northwest Native American Writers Association and a board member of Soapstone, a writing retreat for women.

Posted on 03/03 at 05:08 AM

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