Darrel Morris: The Large Works 1999–2008
Annin Barrett, Art Institute of Portland, discusses the large-scale embroideries of Darrel Morris.
Artist Darrel Morris talks about the processes and materials that inform the works on view at Museum of Contemporary Craft.
CraftPerspectives Panel: Curating the Work of Mandy Greer and Darrel Morris
January 22, 2009
Pairing curators with artists, this panel explores the collaborative process involved in the creation of an exhibition. Stefano Catalani, curator at Bellevue Arts Museum, and artist Mandy Greer join Namita Gupta Wiggers, curator at Museum of Contemporary Craft, and artist Darrel Morris. The participants will discuss what the juxtaposition of the two exhibitions on view reveals about contemporary craft today. An open discussion will follow the presentation.
Adult Workshop: Contemporary Embroidery with Darrel Morris
January 24–25, 2009
Oregon College of Art and Craft,
Join us for a two-day workshop that introduces the basics of embroidery to beginning students and provides enhanced technical and conceptual direction to those more advanced. Students will experiment with hand embroidery and appliqué using both traditional and non-traditional materials. Participants leave with a small sampler of these explorations, along with new inspiration to continue work on their own.
February 11, 2009
Listen, look and ask questions in an intimate setting as Curator Namita Wiggers guides participants through all exhibitions on view: Mandy Greer: Dare alla Luce, Darrel Morris: The Large Works and Toshiko Takaezu: Recent Gifts. Wiggers will give her inside perspective on the artists, the installation of their work in the Museum and how these fiber art and ceramic exhibitions relate to one other.
Craft Conversations: Glenn Adamson’s Thinking Through Craft
February 12, 2009
Join us for a discussion of Glenn Adamson’s world-renowned book on craft theory in anticipation of his CraftPerspectives lecture taking place February 21. Essential reading for anyone interested in craft, or visual art theory at large, Thinking Through Craft is a confident, inclusive analysis of craft’s relationship to architecture, design and contemporary art. Kate Wagle, head of the department of art, University of Oregon, will lead the discussion.
CraftPerspectives Lecture: Glenn Adamson
Craft in the 21st Century: Directions and Displacements
February 21, 2009
White Stag Building at University of Oregon, Co-presented by University of Oregon
Considered one of the most exciting young thinkers within craft today, Glenn Adamson travels from London to speak about current directions in the craft arena and his recent book Thinking Through Craft. Dispensing with clichéd arguments that craft is art, Adamson persuasively makes a case for defining craft in a more nuanced – and provocative fashion. Glenn Adamson is the deputy head of research and head of graduate studies at the Victoria and Albert Museum and editor of The Journal of Modern Craft.
Exhibition Tour with Marci McDade
March 14, 2009
Join new editor of Fiberarts, Marci McDade, for a walkthrough of the Darrel Morris exhibition. McDade is an artist, writer and former student of Morris.
January 22, 2009 – May 30, 2009
Curated by: Namita Gupta Wiggers
Presenting Sponsor: The Standard
During the past decade, Darrel Morris has created two different series: small and colorful snapshot-sized needleworks and large scale embroideries in a simple, minimized palette. The smaller works layer stitches atop appliquéd pieces of cast-off cloth, focusing on everyday experiences from his own life (exhibited in New Embroidery: Not Your Grandma’s Doily, 2006). By contrast, The Large Works monumentalize the linear and drawing-like qualities of embroidery in nearly life-size works, moving his focus from the intimate personal sphere to the heavily populated public realm. In yet another approach, Morris employs thick, graphic lines, colored fabric and construction techniques that emphasize both the sculptural qualities of the material and the relationship between fabric and skin, as seen in COACHES and athlete, 2007.
Raised in a small coal-mining town in Kentucky, Morris spent hours learning crafts while listening to his grandmother’s stories. Morris holds an MFA from The School of the Art Institute, Chicago, where he currently teaches as an Adjunct Assistant Professor. His artwork deliberately engages the complex socio-cultural history of “crafts” through contemporary visual practice.
Additional support provided by Regional Arts & Culture Council.