In 1969, the Smithsonian American Art Museum debuted OBJECTS: USA, a sprawling exhibition featuring 308 craft artists and over 500 objects. The show would travel the United States and Europe, vaulting craft into the contemporary art milieu and forever changing the way we view material culture. Fifty years later, this tribute exhibition incorporates work by artists in the original display alongside historic and contemporary makers who expand upon and complicate the conversation.
OBJECTS: REDUX—50 Years of Craft Evolution is inspired by OBJECTS: REDUX—How 50 Years Made Craft Contemporary, curated by Kathryn Hall and Perry Price at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and was developed in conversation with an exhibition series at the Racine Art Museum celebrating the 50th anniversary of OBJECTS: USA.
OBJECTS: USA Artists: Janice Bornt Langdon, Ken Cory, Arline Fisch, David Gilhooly, Trude Guermonperz, Charles Loloma, Otellie Loloma, John Marshall, Hal Painter, June Schwarcz, Kay Sekimachi, Bob Stocksdale, Lynda Watson, James Wayne, J. Fred Woell
Contemporary Artists: Wesley Anderegg, C Alex Clark, Sonya Clark, Kat Cole, James Corporan, Tanya Crane, Jennifer Ling Datchuk, Karen Donnellan, Robert Ebendorf, Josh Faught, Nicki Green, Raven Halfmoon, Holland Houdek, Yuri Kobayashi, Joshua Kosker, Mira Nakashima, Hannah Oatman, Suzanne Peck, Pencil Brothers, Chinami Ricketts, Rowland Ricketts, MJ Tyson, Mathew Szösz, Nancy Worden