January 31–March 27, 2020
Friday, January 31, 5 -7pm
CURATOR'S TALK WITH KATHRYN HALL
Saturday, February 1, 2pm
SCREENING & ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION
Saturday, March 14, 2pm
FROM 1969 TO TODAY: 50 YEARS OF CRAFT EVOLUTION
(January 2020) form & concept is thrilled to present OBJECTS: REDUX—50 Years of Craft Evolution, featuring over 70 pieces by seminal historical and contemporary craft artists, including J. Fred Woell, Sonya Clark, Ken Cory, Raven Halfmoon, Nicki Green, Jennifer Ling Datchuk and Kat Cole, among others. Ranging from textile, jewelry, metal, enamel, wood, ceramics and glass, the exhibition positions work from the original 1969 OBJECTS: USA show alongside innovative craft objects and wearables by contemporary makers.
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.
If OBJECTS: USA first established the field of craft as a vital component of the fine art world conversation, OBJECTS: REDUX demonstrates not only modern craft artists’ keen sense and appreciation of their predecesors, but also the field’s ongoing spirit of boundary-defying inventiveness and material resourcefulness. Curator William Dunn writes, “It’s wonderful to be a part of this show’s continued legacy. Having the opportunity to work with Kathryn Hall and Perry Price, and traveling this exhibition as it was originally, is nothing short of a dream.” Spanning the gallery’s entire atrium and second floor, the show gathers together works by artists represented in both the original Smithsonian ‘69 exhibit and the 2019 Houston Center for Contemporary Craft tribute show, with special additions of contemporary Southwest and Santa Fe-based craft art.
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