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Library Salon Series: Looking and Learning
Context and location greatly influence the interpretation of a work. If an object is on a pedestal in a museum, next to a gavel and podium in an auction house, in a booth at a national craft show, or sitting next to your couch on a side table, it will be interpreted in multiple ways even though it’s the same object. You the viewer can shape the meaning of art depending on where you see it, how you use it, and your familiarity with it. Co-presented with the Northern Clay Center, this show-and-tell style Salon brings together internationally acclaimed ceramist Randy Johnston and publishing designer Mary K. Baumann to show ceramic works from their collections and offer some words on where they acquired the objects, their use, and what they do and do not like about them. Following the presentation, the audience will have a chance to get up close and personal with Johnston's and Baumann’s pieces and to share stories about relationships that have developed with their own collected works.
Presented by the American Craft Council, the Library Salon Series is a series of free public presentations exploring craft, making, and art. Check out past salon series events.
This activity was made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.