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Posted on 11/26 at 03:29 PM

Artist Demos this Saturday

Ceramic artists Brian Jones and Kowkie Durst will do live demos in the Lab at Museum of Contemporary Craft, this Saturday, December 1 from 12-2 pm.

Kowkie Durst creates drawings and etchings on her ceramic works which abstract contemporary cultural icons. Infused with a love of material, she narrates the relationship between objects and everyday experiences.

Durst is currently an instructor at Oregon College of Art and Craft and Portland Community College. She has also taught at Clackamas Community College and Eastern Washington University. Her education spans from Penland School of Crafts and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts to the Archie Bray Foundation. Durst has shown her work widely throughout the country. She holds an MFA in Ceramics from Penn State University and a BA in German and anthropology from Tulane University. Kowkie Durst has shown her work in the Gallery Store since 2007.

Brian Jones is investigating of the transformative character of memories, in particular, pots that belonged to his grandmother, as points of departure for contemplation of form, color, and tone. The nature of how a pot reveals itself over time to an audience is the long echo of that initial reverie. Jones sees a pot is both a reservoir and an initiator of memories.

Jones, who has exhibited nationally, holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Alfred University and a Master of Fine Arts from Southern Methodist University. Jones has done residencies at The Clay Studio, Evergreen State College, and the Watershed Center for Ceramic Art.

Posted on 11/26 at 11:46 AM

MoCC-curated Nikki McClure Exhibition at BAM

The first museum exhibition to focus on her fifteen-year career, Nikki McClure: Cutting Her Own Path, 1996 – 2012, which originated at Museum of Contemporary Craft, opens at Bellevue Arts Museum.

Nikki McClure works with daily life as her subject, black paper as her medium and an X-ACTO blade as her tool. Born in Kirkland, Washington, the artist’s intricate papercuts form the foundation of a self-made career that now spans published calendars, books, t-shirts, posters and more. Made with simple tools and telling everyday stories, McClure’s images show real people of today engaged in activities that have been occurring for thousands of years: picking berries, eating meals together and swimming in a river. The first museum exhibition to focus on her fifteen-year career, Nikki McClure: Cutting Her Own Path, 1996 – 2012 reveals how one artist uses a simple craft and graphic language to show how to be a maker and live a self-sustained life.

Posted on 11/16 at 11:55 AM

Redesigned Gallery Store

Home For the Holidays Extended Gallery Store Hours:
Open 11 am until 8 pm on Thursday evenings from November 29 through December 27;
Open 10 am until 6 pm every Saturday in December

Special Home for the Holidays Member Preview
Wednesday, November 14 from 6-8 pm

Museum of Contemporary Craft relaunches the new Gallery Store at the Museum. It’s a redesigned shop within the Museum offering a mix of contemporary handmade objects with a new design focus as well as legacy pieces from artists who have been with the Gallery since the 1960s such as Frank Boyden and Mardi Wood. Director Namita Gupta Wiggers worked with Museum board member, designer Randy Higgins of Vizwerks to redesign the Gallery Store. In turn, Higgins has worked to execute the design with a team of students from the MFA in Applied Craft and Design, a joint program of Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) and Oregon College of Art and Craft.

“The new Gallery Store will offer special handcrafted objects for people to take home and live with,” says Wiggers. “Craft and design lead to objects that make our lives better—more beautiful. We want visitors and members to live with craft. We’ve expanded the range of items to include smaller gift items like notebooks and hand letterpressed cards to one-of-a-kind works by legacy artists who’ve been creating exquisite pieces for decades. At the same time, we’re very interested in showcasing works that subject craft materials to innovative design processes—and have many new items that reveal this intersection.”

In addition to a selection of legacy pieces by artists such as Wally Schwab, Pat Horsley, and Barb Campbell, many of whom have work in the Museum’s permanent collection, Wiggers has brought together a fresh selection of new lines available exclusively at the Gallery Store, including recycled leather bags by Oregon artis Chris Linn’s Uliko Underground. The stylish totes and wallets are not sewn but are hand cut, folded, and hot-melted using post-industrial waste products. Also exclusive to the Gallery Store is work by Jean-Marc Desaules (Geneva, Switzerland/Portland), who makes small, elegant slipcast porcelain cups that he describes as “shapes that can fit in one’s hand like an intimate invitation.” Kate Troyer of Wippowillow precisely hand cuts felted German wool into leafy lace-like lattices to create the perfect autumnal table toppers.

The Gallery Store will bring back favorites like an expanded selection of paper goods by Nikki McClure, jewelry including Melissa Stiles’ modern resin and Biba Schutz’s darkly organic silver jewelry. And there are new objects for the home such as Reagan John’s wood lamps and DIY kits from Natalie Chanin’s Alabama Chanin. For a special Home for the Holidays event, the Gallery Store will carry an exclusive collection of craft objects from London’s Flow Gallery, including works by Edmond Byrne, Henk Wolvers, Hans Henning Pederson, Nuala O’Donovan, all of which will be seen in Portland for the first time.

The Gallery Store will also carry new lines of Museum-branded postcards with images from Museum’s archives, selected by Kate Bingaman Burt and Clifton Burt for the exhibition Collateral Matters and printed in Portland by Pinball Publishing. In addition, Kyla Mucci MFA ’13 (Applied Craft and Design) has hand-dipped canvas totes in indigo for a limited edition twist on the traditional reusable carryalls.

“As we look forward to next year’s exhibition, Object Focus: The Bowl, we can reflect on how craft’s deepest roots are in the real life, day-to-day engagement with objects that have use value,” says Wiggers. “It’s important to us not only to display objects in the Museum, but also to extend that connection beyond the Museum’s doors and into visitor’s homes with objects like those in the Gallery Store.”

Posted on 11/08 at 03:20 PM

Reflecting on Reflecting on Erik Gronborg

Dave Hampton of ObjectsUSA writes a great piece about the artist Erik Gronborg, subject of the current exhibition Reflecting on Erik Gronborg and was the subject of the recent daylong symposium Reflecting on Erik Gronborg Contains Nudity on his blog Esoteric Survey.

He writes, “Gronborg developed a unique body of work characterized by robust, slab-built forms, bright lead glazes and lusters, thickly outlined drawings of female nudes, and by relief elements; newspaper printing plates and snazzy auto emblems, pressed into the damp clay. A pacifist, who spent two years in a camp for conscientious objectors as an alternative to Denmark’s compulsory military service, Gronborg also started adding short lines of text to his work in response to his adopted country’s political climate and the Vietnam War. These include such phrases as PAX AMERICANA and HOW MUCH AMERICA CAN THE WORLD TAKE?”

Read about Erik Gronborg on Esoteric Survey.

Posted on 11/05 at 09:44 PM

MoCC Voulkos Works On View in Fighting Men

Two Peter Voulkos works from the Museum of Contemporary Craft collection are currently on view in the exhibition Fighting Men: Leon Golub, Peter Voulkos, and Jack Kirby curated by artist, writer, and PNCA faculty member Daniel Duford for the Hoffman Gallery at Lewis & Clark College. Fighting Men looks at images of violence and masculinity in and through the work of Leon Golub, a painter, Pete Voulkos, a ceramist, and Jack Kirby, a cartoonist. Duford is a Ford Family Fellow whose own work was most recently in the Portland2012 Biennial.

Duford says in an essay on the exhibition, “Jack Kirby (1917-1994), Leon Golub (1922-2004), and Peter Voulkos (1924-2000) occupy alternate dimensions. Their achievements are chronicled in different art histories, each with its own priorities. They were all immersed in discredited mediums and subject matter. They don’t fit neatly. At times their work looks conservative and backward; at other times those same qualities seem urgent and prophetic. They rooted around in the mud of history and myth, emerging with their own muscular and ham-fisted approach to their respective materials.

“The specter of violence and the consequences of power animate this exhibition. Raw power emanates from the artwork.”

The exhibition closes March 3, 2013. The Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11-4.

Posted on 10/30 at 04:04 PM

BCCTV in Community Showcase

Through January 12, 2013, learn more about the work of BCCTV (or Bud Clark Commons TV) via the archival exhibition in our Community Showcase.

BCCTV offers classes on how to make, edit and share videos that are free and open to anyone who has, or is currently experiencing homelessness. Based in the Bud Clark Commons, an innovative new center in NW Portland that serves persons who are homeless, BCCTV also hosts regular public screenings of videos made here and elsewhere. BCCTV is organized by artists-in-residence Carl Diehl, Ariana Jacob, Joan Lundell, Mack McFarland, and Jeffrey Richardson, as the “intersections: public art residencies,” A City of Portland Percent for Art program administered by Regional Arts & Culture Council and developed in collaboration with Home Forward and Transition Projects, Inc.

Posted on 10/26 at 03:38 PM

Wiggers’ Pew Center Interview

Namita Gupta Wiggers, Director and Chief Curator is interviewed on The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage blog Pigeons on the Grass Alas: Contemporary Curators Talk About the Field. She is asked about the contributions that can be made by an arts institution that is located outside major art centers, how she researches and conceives exhibitions, what she learns from working with artists, and which curators inspire her. The interview provides a great window into the thinking behind the scenes at the Museum.

Wiggers says, “We have a responsibility to ensure that museums remain public institutions in which people can borrow experiences with real objects—works that they would otherwise never encounter. It becomes increasingly vital in a climate where basic rights to access, diverse approaches, and the arts are at risk, that we not forget the crucial role we must all play in maintaining visibility for the arts for our generation and those to follow.”

Posted on 10/25 at 03:14 PM

WHAT are you looking at?

Students from the graduate programs at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) do Pecha-Kucha-style presentations, Wednesday, October 24 from 6-7:30 pm in the Lab.

Selected students from the MFA in Applied Craft + Design, MFA in Collaborative Design, MFA in Visual Studies, MA in Critical Theory + Creative Research, and Low-residency MFA in Visual Studies share rapid-fire presentations of 3 minutes and 20 seconds apiece — giving you a quick overview of what the next generation is thinking about, looking at, and making.

Free and open to the public.

Posted on 10/23 at 10:28 AM

Design Week Portland

At the Museum, the inaugural Design Week Portland kicks off with the Moveable Type Truck, graphic and social design projects in The Lab, a lecture by Sergio Palleroni at Mercy Corps on Design with the Other 90%: CITIES, and more throughout the week. Films, tours of studios and design firms, college programs, lectures, and more reveal the range of design offerings available in the city of Portland.

Museum of Contemporary Craft has helped organize and is co-sponsoring a number of events for Portland’s inaugural Design Week, Tuesday, October 9 – Saturday, October 13.

Rethinking Shelter: Open Discussion with Sergio Palleroni
Tuesday, October 9, 7pm
Aceh Community Room, Mercy Corps
PSU Department of Architecture, MoCC + Mercy Corps
This event is free, and open to the public, but requires a ticket. Please RSVP through EventBrite here.

Sergio Palleroni, Professor of Architecture at Portland State University, and participant in Design with the Other 90%: CITIES, will lead an open discussion with PSU Master of Architecture students and a group of leading Portland designers. The discussion will focus on a student project addressing youth homelessness. Projects will be on view in an exhibition titled Rethinking Shelter during Design Week Portland at Mercy Corps. This program is in conjunction with Design with the Other 90%: CITIES, on view at Museum of Contemporary Craft (724 NW Davis) and Mercy Corps Action Center (28 SW First Avenue).

NW Open House
Thursday, October 11, 3-6pm
Museum of Contemporary Craft

The Museum is Free and open to the public on Thursday afternoon in celebration of Design Week.

Urban Learning Lab: Works from the MFA studios of Collaborative Design (PNCA) and Applied Craft + Design (PNCA + OCAC)

October 9-13
Students pursuing an MFA in the departments of Applied Craft + Design, a joint program between Pacific Northwest College of Art and Oregon College of Art and Craft, and Collaborative Design, a program of Pacific Northwest College of Art, are encouraged to engage with the city-utilizing Portland as a laboratory-to cultivate an entrepreneurial and critical approach to meaningfully address the emerging challenges of the 21st century. Founded on grass-roots ingenuity, collaborative inquiry, and cross-disciplinary exchange, the projects exhibited in Urban Learning Lab connect design thinking to design doing, cultivating innovative and sustainable solutions for the city of Portland and beyond.

October 9 – January 12
BCCTV offers classes on how to make, edit, and share videos. These classes are free and open to anyone who has, or is currently experiencing homelessness. Based in the Bud Clark Commons, an innovative new center that serves persons who are homeless located in NW Portland, BCCTV will also host regular public screenings of videos made here and elsewhere. BCCTV is organized by artists-in-residence PNCA faculty member Carl Diehl, Ariana Jacob, current MFA in Collaborative Design student Joan Lundell ’13, alumnus Mack McFarland ’06, and Jeffrey Richardson. It is part of the “intersections: public art residencies,” a City of Portland Percent for Art program administered by Regional Arts & Culture Council and developed in collaboration with Home Forward and Transition Projects Inc.

Design Crush
October 9-13
Featuring a selection of work from local publications and presses, along with related work that art directors and designers look to for inspiration, this exhibition is a love letter to print publishing and the people who shape it in Portland.

Posted on 10/08 at 03:53 PM

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