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Shows to See: April/May 2012
Shows listed A – Z by state. View the complete shows and events calendar for more.
AZ / Phoenix
Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
The Heat is On: SNAG 2012 Conference
May 23 – 26
The Society of North American Goldsmiths’ annual conference, hosted this year by Arizona Designer Craftsmen, is a mecca for the metal world. Coinciding with conference programming (including keynote speaker Garth Clark), various exhibitions spotlight the medium, including “Hot Under the Collar: A Survey of Contemporary Necklaces” at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and “Cu/29: Contemporary Work in Copper” at the nearby Mesa Arts Center.
CA / Oakland
Oakland Museum of California
Space-Light-Structure: The Jewelry of Margaret De Patta
to May 13
OMCA partnered with New York’s Museum of Arts and Design to put on this retrospective of more than 60 pieces of Margaret De Patta’s modernist jewelry, shown alongside her lesser-known ceramics, flatware, photographs, and pictograms.
CA / Sacramento
Crocker Art Museum
Red Hot and Blown: Contemporary Glass from The Crocker’s Collection
to Sep. 23
The Crocker Art Museum celebrates the 50th anniversary of studio glass in the United States with a show of work by masters including Dale Chihuly, Marvin Lipofsky, Nancy Mee, and Therman Statom.
DC / Washington
Smithsonian American Art Museum
The Art of Video Games
to Sep. 30
Behold the expertly crafted virtual world of video games. Combining graphics, technology, interactivity, and storytelling, 80 games – from classics such as Pac-Man and Space Invaders to contemporary games such as StarCraft and Halo 2 – are showcased as examples of the medium.
MA / Brockton
Fuller Craft Museum
Dan Dailey: Working Method
to Sep. 3
This retrospective features ACC Fellow Dan Dailey’s architectural and blown work in glass alongside original drawings and models used in construction, as well as video of Dailey’s glassblowing team at work.
MN / Minneapolis
Weisman Art Museum
Ceramics from the Weisman Art Museum Collection: A Personal View
to Oct. 31, 2013
Co-curated by celebrated potter Warren MacKenzie and Weisman director Lyndel King, “A Personal View” presents highlights from the museum’s trove of some 2,000 ceramic objects, which MacKenzie played a key role in developing. The exhibition also inaugurates the Weisman’s new Leo and Doris Hodroff gallery devoted to ceramics.
NY / New York
Deco Japan: Shaping Modern Culture, 1920 – 1945
to Jun. 10
A showcase of fine craftsmanship and sophisticated design, “Deco Japan” examines the little-known art deco metalwork, ceramics, lacquer, glass, furniture, jewelry, graphic works, and sculpture of pre-World War II Japan, demonstrating the tension of an ancient society coming to grips with the modern world through art and craft.
NY / New York
Park Avenue Armory
Apr. 20 – 23
The Sculpture Objects & Functional Art fair celebrates its 15th anniversary in New York with gallery booths displaying (and selling) work by Rudy Autio, Wendell Castle, Sam Maloof, Dale Chihuly, Ed Rossbach, and a host of other craft luminaries and contemporary artists.
PA / Philadelphia
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Craft Spoken Here
May 5 – Aug. 12
A showcase of objects, from large sculptural works to petite pieces of jewelry, from around the world. “Craft Spoken Here” reveals connections between works from different cultures as it illustrates the global diversity of contemporary craft.
WA / Bellevue
Bellevue Arts Museum
Push Play: The 2012 NCECA Invitational
to Jun. 17
Overlapping with the 46th annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (Mar. 28 – 31) in Seattle, this exhibition explores the essential role of play in life and in art through work by more than 35 ceramic artists from around the globe.
WA / Seattle
Apr. 5 – May 13
One-time rocker and current glass rock star Preston Singletary’s works, a blend of European glassblowing tradition and Tlingit-inspired design, are on display.
WV / Huntington
The Huntington Museum of Art
Sources and Influences: Contemporary Clay Artists, Mentors, and Students
to May 20
For 20 years, the Walter Gropius Master Artist Workshop Series has brought top-notch artists to the Huntington. For this show, the 22 ceramists on that roster present their work alongside objects made by mentors and protégés, in a reflection on education, influence, and evolution in clay. Coinciding with the show is a special exhibition of Gropius artist Randy Johnston and mentor Warren MacKenzie, with a workshop and lecture scheduled April 20 – 22.
WI / Racine
Racine Art Museum
Out on a Limb: Contemporary Wood Jewelry
to Jun. 17
Whether carved, painted, or otherwise manipulated, wood jewelry connects its wearers to the natural world. “Out on a Limb” showcases work in this often-utilitarian medium by Bruce Metcalf, Gustav Reyes, Julia Turner, and other artists. Visit April 6 – 22, when you also can see the “International Peeps Exhibition,” featuring the best entries from the museum’s third annual competition, judged on creativity and “best use of Peeps.”