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Shows to See: Karen Karnes, Global Africa Project, and More

Mariko Kusumoto, Shizuoka Ekiben (Boxed Lunch) (detail), 2006, copper, brass, nickel silver, sterling silver, glass, decal, resin, fabric, and acrylic paint.Closed: 12 x 13 x 4 in.; open: 24 x 13 x 2 in.Collection of the Kamm FoundationPhotography: Dean Powell
Karen Karnes, Flower Container, 1997.
Photo by Anthony Cuñha, courtesy Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.
Mariko Kusumoto, Shizuoka Ekiben (Boxed Lunch) (detail), 2006, copper, brass, nickel silver, sterling silver, glass, decal, resin, fabric, and acrylic paint.Closed: 12 &&215; 13 &&215; 4 in.; open: 24 &&215; 13 &&215; 2 in.Collection of the Kamm FoundationPhotography: Dean Powell
Mariko Kusumoto, Shizuoka Ekiben (Boxed Lunch) (detail), 2006, copper, brass, nickel silver, sterling silver, glass, decal, resin, fabric, and acrylic paint.Closed: 12 x 13 x 4 in.; open: 24 x 13 x 2 in.Collection of the Kamm FoundationPhotography: Dean Powell
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Here at americancraftmag.org, we keep tabs on all kinds of shows, exhibitions, and opportunities to connect with craft. We publish a curated selection of these events – "Shows to See" – in every issue of our print magazine. Drawn from that list, here are five picks for the month of November. Go if you can.

A Chosen Path: The Ceramic Art of Karen Karnes
ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center in Tempe, AZ
This exhibit, which opened on September 18, is the first major retrospective of Karnes' work. It runs through January 8, after which it will travel to four other museums across the country.

Celebration of American Crafts
Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven, CT
This annual juried show is now in its 42nd year. Work is sold on a consignment basis, 40 percent of the sale going to support CAW's community arts school. The show opened on October 30; get there on or before December 24.

It Was 20 Years Ago Today...: An Exhibition and Teaching Collection
Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, MN
Just one week left to see this anniversary show, which draws from two decades of the renowned center's exhibitions and includes work from dozens of notable ceramic artists.

The Global Africa Project
Museum of Arts and Design in New York City
Opening in mid-November, MAD's Global Africa Project promises to be an "unprecedented" exhibition that will explore contemporary African art, design, and craft, and challenge conventional notions of a singular African aesthetic and identity. The exhibition is co-organized by the Center for Race and Culture at the Maryland Institute College of Art and runs into May 2011.

Mariko Kusumoto: Unfolding Stories
Racine Art Museum in Racine, WI
Kusomoto's sculptural metal boxes, which unfold to reveal magical miniature worlds, are so interchangeable that RAM's exhibition department will be undertake several changeovers to fully show off the elements of Kusomoto's intricate work. The show, organized by Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, opened on October 24 and runs until January 23.

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