One Object, Two Views

Join us for a discussion of how institutions and collectors view and care for the objects in their collections. Perspectives on Craft+Design: One Object, Two Views—Collectors and Museums takes place Thursday January 31 at 6:30 pm. Curator of Collections and Registrar Nicole Nathan, and local craft collector Ron Werner will talk from two perspectives about objects. How do collectors see, handle, and think about their work? How does a museum think about, utilize, and care for the objects in their collections? Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum’s storage areas and research library. For collectors, object enthusiasts, and everyone in between, come discuss your favorite objects! Members: free. Non-members: $10 at the door.

Posted on 01/22 at 05:03 PM

Curatorial Walkthrough

Join us for a special curatorial walkthrough of We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live, on Friday, January 25 from 2-3 pm. This exhibition, curated by guest curator Cassandra Coblentz, features works by recipients of The Ford Family Foundation’s Hallie Ford Fellowship in the Visual Arts, Daniel Duford, David Eckard, Heidi Schwegler, Sang-ah Choi, Bruce Conkle, Stephen Hayes, Ellen Lesperance, Akihiko Miyoshi, and Michelle Ross.

Taking its title from a passage in Joan Didion’s 1979 essay “The White Album,” We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live explores how nine distinguished Oregon-based artists embrace a cross-disciplinary approach to art making wherein the legacies of art, craft, and design merge in work that expands and explores the tactile, conceptual, imaginary, material, and critical potential of cultural production. Los Angeles-based guest curator Cassandra Coblentz employs Didon’s text as an evocative lens through which to view the diverse body of work produced by these artists who have made and continue to make remarkable contributions to the region’s cultural landscape.

Posted on 01/22 at 04:57 PM

Members’ Preview

Museum of Contemporary Craft Members are invited to a special preview of We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live on Wednesday, January 23 at 6 pm. This exhibition, curated by guest curator Cassandra Coblentz, features works by recipients of The Ford Family Foundation’s Hallie Ford Fellowship in the Visual Arts, Daniel Duford, David Eckard, Heidi Schwegler, Sang-ah Choi, Bruce Conkle, Stephen Hayes, Ellen Lesperance, Akihiko Miyoshi, and Michelle Ross.

Become a Member today.

Taking its title from a passage in Joan Didion’s 1979 essay “The White Album,” We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live explores how nine distinguished Oregon-based artists embrace a cross-disciplinary approach to art making wherein the legacies of art, craft, and design merge in work that expands and explores the tactile, conceptual, imaginary, material, and critical potential of cultural production. Los Angeles-based guest curator Cassandra Coblentz employs Didon’s text as an evocative lens through which to view the diverse body of work produced by these artists who have made and continue to make remarkable contributions to the region’s cultural landscape.

Posted on 01/16 at 04:59 PM

Free Admission

Admission to the Museum is free through January 23 as we install the exhibition We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live. On view, Reflecting on Erik Gronborg.

Posted on 01/10 at 05:29 PM

MoCC Road Trip!

EXCURSION
MoCC Road Trip!
MoCC’s Curatorial Team is heading north, and you are invited. Join Namita Wiggers, Nicole Nathan and Sarah Margolis-Pineo for a day of artist-led museum tours, food, and conversation.

Saturday, January 5
Limit: 15 participants; Open to Museum members at all levels; Reservations required.
Cost: $175; includes meals, books signed by Nikki McClure and Jeffry Mitchell, museum admission fees. Transportation by private vehicles; carpools will be arranged by January 3.

Reserve your spot today by emailing Sarah Margolis-Pineo, Associate Curator at smargolis-pineo@museumofcontemporarycraft.org.

Posted on 01/02 at 01:11 PM

Last Chance to See Design Show

Design with the Other 90%: CITIES is on view only through Saturday, January 5. If you have yet to have a chance to see this survey exhibition of exciting design projects making a difference in the developing world, join us during regular museum hours.

Posted on 01/02 at 12:00 PM

THANK YOU FOR A BANNER YEAR

Dear Museum Community,

What an incredible year we’ve had thanks to you. Your end of year gift to the Museum makes what we do possible. Please consider a gift of any amount. It’s easy to make your donation online.

With your support and participation, we began and ended the year thinking about how design builds community – from Studio H: Design. Build. Transform. to our current exhibition Design with the Other 90%: CITIES.

We documented the untold story of the Museum’s role in shaping modern craft through Northwest Modern: Revisiting the Annual Ceramic Exhibitions of 1950-64.

Many, many people – from Portland and beyond – gave works to the collection to honor Museum of Contemporary Craft, the nation’s oldest institution focused on modern and contemporary craft. We shared those new gifts with you through 75 Gifts for 75 Years.

We re-introduced you to an Oregonian who is also a national treasure through Generations: Betty Feves, and reminded you of an artist who merits further attention in Reflecting on Erik Gronborg: Selections by Jeffry Mitchell.

As John Motley wrote in The Oregonian, “Reflecting on Erik Gronborg mounts a compelling argument for the artist’s pioneering role in the movement that would become “sloppy craft,” while continuing the museum’s dedication to re-examining under-recognized and overdue artists in the region, from Feves to Gronborg.”

Our programs next year will continue to support Portland as a place to share opportunities, get involved, and relish living in a city where craft and design are deeply valued.

As you consider your end-of-year donations, please consider supporting the Museum of Contemporary Craft. Gifts of any amount help us continue to connect you to the practices of people who build and sustain creative lives.

Wishing you and yours all the best in the New Year!

Namita Gupta Wiggers
Director and Chief Curator

Ways to participate:

Join, renew, or purchase a gift membership to the Museum here.

Donate directly to the Museum here.

Contribute to keep Betty Feves’ Garden Wall at MoCC here.

Visit the Museum exhibitions and The Gallery Store.

Posted on 12/20 at 05:40 PM

CraftPerspectives Podcast: Cynthia Smith

Cynthia E. Smith, Curator of Socially Responsible Design at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, provides a global overview of the design, thinking, approach, and frontiers of invention aimed at serving the urban poor in connection with the exhibition.

After curating the first exhibition in Cooper-Hewitt’s series on humanitarian design in 2007, Smith spent a year of field research in 15 different cities in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, focusing on successful design solutions to rapidly expanding informal settlements. Join us for a behind-the-scenes lecture on this groundbreaking exhibition series.

About the Exhibition
Design with the Other 90%: CITIES is the second in a series of exhibitions that demonstrate how design can be a dynamic force in transforming and, in many cases, saving lives. In 2007, Design for the Other 90% focused on design solutions that addressed the most basic needs of the 90% of the world’s population not traditionally served by professional designers. Design with the Other 90%: CITIES explores design solutions that address the challenges created by rapid urban growth in informal settlements, addressing the consequences of our massive urban planetary growth.

CraftPerspectives Lecture: Cynthia Smith



Cynthia E. Smith, Curator of Socially Responsible Design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Instution, provides an overview of the design, thinking, approach, and frontiers of invention shown in Design with the Other 90%: CITIES. September 26, 2012.

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Posted on 12/10 at 04:32 PM

DIRECTOR’S CORNER

Dear Museum Community,

As December swings into gear, I know I am always thankful that the holiday season full of festive events and light-filled evenings comes just in time. It staves off the winter doldrums as the rainy season kicks into gear here in the Pacific Northwest.

Need help getting ready for the season?

Our Gallery Store is filled with carefully selected items that you can use to bring craft and design into the lives of those you love. Find stocking stuffers, including specially designed MoCC Scout Books, jewelry kits from the Anni Albers Foundation, kits from Alabama Chanin, and LeBrie Rich’s felted rings, watches, and pins. We offer Nikki McClure calendars, posters, books, and more — as well as Collateral Matters Postcard Packs by Kate Bingaman Burt and Clifton Burt.

Alongside new work by artists, craftspeople, and designers from Portland and beyond, you can find long-time favorites and classics, such as an heirloom casserole by Wally Schwab, one of Chris Giffin’s assemblage clocks, or a woodturned salad bowl by Dale Larsen.

It is also a great time to consider the gift of membership – a wonderful way to share a year of exhibitions and programs, including those currently on view as well as forthcoming We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live, Object Focus: The Bowl, Quality is Contagious: John Economaki and Bridge City Tool Works, Soundforge, and The Tool at Hand.

Join us on Saturday afternoons this month for artist demonstrations and book signings, and mark your calendar for the special member’s events during our extended shopping hours each Thursday evening from 6-8 pm.

We are thrilled to share the newly redesigned Gallery Store with you, and look forward to saying “hello” when you drop in this month. Your purchases help us continue to connect you with contemporary craft and design through exhibitions and programs, and to offer work you can live with every day through the Gallery Store. When you make a purchase in the Gallery Store, you support local artists and your local museum. We cannot do it without you, and we thank you for your ongoing support and participation in our programming that you won’t find in other places.

We look forward to seeing you soon at MoCC, wish you and yours a lovely month of gatherings with family and friends, and all the very best in the New Year. Speaking of the New Year, read below for the great Seattle Road Trip we’re planning for January 2013.

Namita Gupta Wiggers
Director and Chief Curator

Posted on 12/04 at 04:41 PM

Visit The Gallery Store

The Gallery Store at Museum of Contemporary Craft has a whole new look and it’s stocked with terrific gift items of modern handcrafted goods with a new design focus plus works by many of your longtime favorites. We’ve expanded the range of items to include smaller gift items like notebooks and hand letterpressed cards as well as one-of-a-kind works by legacy artists who’ve been creating exquisite pieces for decades. You’ll find unique contemporary jewelry, paper goods, ceramic and glass vessels, and sculptures.

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, you’ll find a fresh selection of new lines available exclusively at The Gallery Store, including recycled leather bags by Oregon-based Chris Linn’s Uliko Underground, elegant slipcast porcelain cups by Jean-Marc Desaules (Geneva, Switzerland/Portland), and hand-cut felted wool autumnal table toppers by Kate Troyer of Wippowillow in Portland.

The Gallery Store will bring back favorites like Nikki McClure paper goods, plus jewelry from Melissa Stiles, Opulent Project, and Biba Schutz. And there are new objects for the home such as Reagan John’s wood lamps and DIY kits from Natalie Chanin’s line Alabama Chanin.

The Gallery Store now carries new lines of Museum-branded postcards, printed in Portland by Pinball Publishing and designed by Kate Bingaman Burt and Clifton Burt. And you’ll find canvas Museum tote bags that have been indigo dip-dyed by Kyla Mucci, MFA candidate in Applied Craft and Design.

Join us in celebration of the importance of handcrafted goods in our lives.

Posted on 12/04 at 03:49 PM

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