Image: Karl Burkheimer in the studio with Matt Johnston. Photo: Heather Zinger


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Tuesday, October 6, 12 pm

Namita Gupta Wiggers, curator, Museum of Contemporary Craft, guides participants through Call + Response, providing behind-the-scenes insight into the decisions and process that created this project.


Rob Slifkin (Reed College) and
Studio Gorm (University of Oregon)
July 25, 2009
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Karl Burkheimer (Oregon College of Art and Craft) and
Matt Johnston (Lewis & Clark College)
August 27, 2009
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David Eckard (Pacific Northwest College of Art) and
Anne Marie Oliver (PNCA)
Saturday, September 26, 1 pm

The dynamic, open conversations between eight artist/art historian pairs are the core of Call + Response. In the months leading up to the exhibition, each partnership, comprised of two faculty members from colleges and universities in Oregon, spent extended time exchanging ideas about craft and process. Each art historian then wrote an original, critical piece about his or her paired artist, now presented as an integral part of the Museum exhibition. In this series of public discussions, hear the art historians describe the process of getting to know their writing subjects and how they grappled with contextualizing craft. The artists will explain how describing their work to their partner – and later reading the essay written about it – has affected their studio processes.


Thursday, October 8, 2009, 7 pm
Vollum Lecture Hall, Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Ave, Portland
Co-presented by Reed College

Following on the heels of the wildly popular CraftPerspectives lectures with Garth Clark and Glenn Adamson, the CraftPerspectives Series presents prominent fi ber and multimedia artist Anne Wilson, professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In “Liminal Networks,” Wilson discusses her work using pixilation and projection to dematerialize and reanimate
work that began on the border between drawing and object making, and remains liminal in whatever new medium it enters.

Anne Wilson’s work evolves in a conceptual space where social and political ideas encounter the material processes of handwork and industry. Employing familiar, domestic materials, including table linen, bed sheets, human hair, thread and lace, she explores the larger themes of time, loss, private and social rituals. Her work has been shown at the Victoria & Albert
Museum, the Whitney Biennial and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

This lecture is made possible through a generous gift to the Reed College Sculpture program from the Caferio Family and the Cooley/Gray Art Department Lecture Fund at Reed College.


Sunday, October 10, 1 pm
PNCA Commons, 1241 NW Johnson Street

A term coined by Anne Wilson at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, “sloppy craft” is described by craft theorist Glenn Adamson as the “unkempt” product of a “post-disciplinary craft education.” Join Anne Wilson, Wilson’s former student Josh Faught (University of Oregon), Nan Curtis (Pacific Northwest College of Art) and local artist Jessica Jackson Hutchins to discuss this rising – and controversial – approach to conceptual craft practice.

This conversation takes place in preparation for a related exhibition co-curated by Josh Faught, assistant professor and program coordinator of fibers, University of Oregon; and Namita Gupta Wiggers, curator, Museum of Contemporary Craft. Sloppy Craft is scheduled to exhibit at the Museum during the 2010–11 exhibition season.


Wednesday, October 21, 5:30 pm

The energetic, casual Pecha Kucha Night, a concept originated in the design community of Tokyo, squeezes a series of concise presentations into a short amount of time. Join students from the brand new MFA program in Applied Craft and Design, off ered jointly by Pacific Northwest College of Art and Oregon College of Art and Craft, as they are challenged to describe their studio work in three minutes or less. This lively program allows the students to provide new fodder for creative conversation and breaks them out of the confi nes of the academy, introducing them to the greater Portland community.

All programs take place at the Museum of Contemporary Craft, 724 Northwest Davis Street, Portland, Oregon
and are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

Museum of Contemporary Craft