image

75 Gifts for 75 Years

Pnca_736d8c99-b964-4656-a9d7-b4e3c8939885_square Pnca_eb224d25-b71a-4b8a-b61c-4f57002ca0d5_square Pnca_5f205bac-02a0-420c-b5d9-a6aeb9c17d57_square Pnca_09bf81ad-d198-4b8f-a047-87c0cb8273e3_square Pnca_93d58518-793c-48bc-923a-e0bb86e3d5cf_square Pnca_99a1a4e3-df97-45b5-b92e-b099bab448a6_square Pnca_86f4687a-0cd8-4898-8a31-70b862680d7a_square Pnca_ca00063a-8890-4d05-91a4-27c22639662d_square Pnca_fb258468-d63f-44a5-b838-229b879d9773_square Pnca_68b45cc0-429c-4c52-9238-3d5499d7da99_square Pnca_e80644f4-1b4b-462a-903f-5c92ba66f943_square Pnca_0a29daf3-fde2-417b-be63-c398897abe7d_square Pnca_72715353-f556-43dc-8f6e-1ad9130c00bc_square Pnca_5f67fba6-8130-4f4d-ad6c-12af27e1ed9f_square Pnca_f5b9e77f-4471-4384-9b26-68eb9be6deb8_square Pnca_00601a54-62a9-4259-bbc4-716e738a3b80_square Pnca_54e433a1-f2e7-4f20-b714-0ab6edb7d363_square Pnca_0e3a4188-d16e-499b-9bad-1958d5ef604d_square Pnca_d11862b6-9323-494a-8696-29e11844e11e_square Pnca_3c12eee7-11d1-416d-91ed-21f173473138_square Pnca_9c361b4e-c9d5-425d-b5b1-7d60045dc5d1_square Pnca_92c3ecb1-8ac4-40bc-80f0-7f12010a18b0_square Pnca_a240db58-620c-445d-82e2-8bcefc43dac4_square Pnca_111ed636-57da-40f4-980f-25b00113c98c_square Pnca_67ab9701-b5ee-462e-87e8-62e6d560e7d7_square Pnca_9f2837dc-03fb-4a82-9fe7-342ef397e32a_square Pnca_f868c022-edb5-4b31-b910-557f0f2189b2_square Pnca_e97a41e6-691c-4534-9849-f2d15aabb595_square Pnca_06913297-4b73-4cfc-b71b-8a5b34b7d59b_square

75 Gifts for 75 Years

Namita Gupta Wiggers, Curator, MoCC, introduces an exhibition of recent acquisitions into the Museum’s collection.

75 Gifts for 75 Years

Namita Gupta Wiggers

How does a collection communicate the history of an institution and its community?

Collection building in museums happens in many ways. For example, a collector with a vast number of objects might donate the entire collection to a single institution, or the same collector might choose to distribute their collection among several different museums. Whether the museum is receiving a gift or making a purchase using funds raised to build the collection, each institution’s collection provides a snapshot of that museum’s identity and history.

Founded in 1937 as the Oregon Ceramic Studio and re-named Contemporary Crafts Gallery in 1964, the Museum of Contemporary Craft today collects, preserves, documents and creates exhibitions from a collection of over 1,000 objects.

75 Gifts for 75 Years marks an important milestone in the development of the Museum’s collection. Through the generosity of collectors, artists and gallerists from across the country, the Museum has successfully added critical pieces from more recent decades, filling gaps in the collection in areas such as contemporary art jewelry and studio glass, making the museum better equipped to tell the story of the integration of and divide between craft, design and art.

This exhibition marks and celebrates the Museum’s newest relationship with Pacific Northwest College of Art. The acquisition of these gifts commemorates the oldest museum dedicated to modern craft in the United States, and because of this partnership, enables the museum to provide invaluable first-hand access to future generations of creative thinkers in Portland’s community and beyond.

Special thanks to the collectors, artists and gallerists whose generous donations make the work in this exhibition available for public view:

Anonymous, Sally von Bargen, Susan C. Beech, Nancy Becker, Kate Bonansinga and David Taylor, Rose Bond, Katherine Bovee, Gail Brown, Sarah Brown, Kate Bingaman-Burt, Shir Ly Camin, Ed Cauduro, Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio, Susan Cummins, Joe Feddersen and Froelick Gallery, Eric Franklin, Carol and Seymour Haber, Lloyd E. Herman, Jaymee Jacoby, Nancy Kramer, Dan Kvitka, David and Robin Kvitka, Wilbur Larson and Carol Smith-Larson, Faythe Levine, Joan Livingstone, Manuel Izquierdo Revocable Living Trust, Wendy Miller, Nicole Nathan, Oregon Potters Association and Babette Harvey, Claire Patoine, Kat Perez, Lisa Platt, Duncan and Jenny Rotch, Heidi Schwegler, Emily McNulty-Scripter, Kristin Mitsu Shiga, Ken Shores, Dane Nelson, Rita J. Robillard, Dorothy Saxe, Storm Tharp and PDX Contemporary, Jeffrey Thomas and Laura Cooper, Bill and Sandra Thomason, Velvet da Vinci Gallery, Kate Wagle, and Scott and Namita Wiggers.

July 28, 2011 – February 25, 2012

Curated by: Namita Gupta Wiggers

To celebrate the Museum’s 75th Anniversary and role as one of the nation’s oldest institutions dedicated to craft, collectors from the Pacific Northwest and beyond have generously donated and promised gifts to the Museum’s permanent collection. These gifts fill important gaps in the Museum’s work to document craft and its place in culture since 1937. Through a series of programs including connections with PNCA classes, the exhibition shows how gifts to the collection function as a teaching tool in the special learning environment we call “the museum.”

image

CATALOG

The exhibition is accompanied by a 68-page, full-color catalog, available for sale online, in The Gallery, or by calling 503 546 2654.

EXHIBITIONS AND PUBLIC PROGRAMS ARE SUPPORTED BY:

We are grateful for 75th Anniversary Anchor Support from the following

PNCA+FIVE Ford Institute for Visual Education

The Collins Foundation · The Ford Family Foundation · The Robert Lehman Foundation, Inc · Meyer Memorial Trust · James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation · Western States Arts Federation · National Endowment for the Arts · Whiteman Foundation

Cynthia Addams · Ginny Adelsheim · Bank of America · John & Suzanne Bishop · Mary & Brot Bishop · Virginia Campbell · Maribeth Collins · Truman Collins · Sue Cooley · Anne & James F. Crumpacker · Czopek & Erdenberger · Carol Edelman · John Gray · Ray & Jere Grimm · Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation · Ronna & Eric Hoffman · Sue Horn-Caskey & Rick Caskey · HW Irwin & DCH Irwin Foundation · The Jackson Foundation · Selby Key · Connie Kiener · Anne Koerner · Sally & John Lawrence · Dorothy Lemelson · Doug Macy · Mary Maletis · Linda & Ken Mantel · M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust · Widney & Glenn Moore · Linda & Bill Nicholson · Oregon Cultural Trust · Oregon Potters Association · Paul G. Allen Family Foundation · PGE Foundation · Regional Arts & Culture Council · Dick & Deanne Rubinstein · Luwayne “Buzzy” Sammons · Arlene & Harold Schnitzer · Bonnie Serkin & Will Emery · Manya Shapiro · Joan & John Shipley · Ken Shores · Carol Smith-Larson · Al Solheim · Cornelia & William Stevens · The Standard · Susan Thayer Farago · US Bank · Vibrant Table Catering · Larry & Dorie Vollum · Steve & Tisha Vollum · Wessinger Foundation · Wyss Foundation · ZGF Architects LLP · ZIBA

With special thanks to: Portland Monthly