Shows to See: August / September 2019

Shows to See: August / September 2019

Published on Wednesday, September 18, 2019. This article appears in the August/September 2019 issue of American Craft Magazine.
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Demitra Thomloudis jewelry

Demitra Thomloudis at Metal Museum

Courtesy of the artist

CO / Boulder
University of Colorado Boulder Art Museum
"Its Honor Is Hereby Pledged: Gina Adams" 
to November 2 
Drawing on her Lakota, Ojibwe, and European heritage and a wealth of research, Gina Adams probes the US government’s broken treaties and historical efforts to move Native Americans off their ancestral lands and assimilate them into the dominant culture. Four installations in quilts, ceramics, and other craft mediums call out these actions and the resultant trauma in the hope that healing can follow.

ID / Boise
Boise Art Museum
"Sarah Sense: Cowgirls and Indians" 
to October 26 
In Sarah Sense’s hands, Hollywood posters, Wild West show images, landscape photographs, and family memoirs find new lives as interrogators of old stereotypes. The artist uses the basketry methods of her Choctaw and Chitimacha forebears to explore intersections of pop culture and American history.

KY / Bowling Green
Kentucky Museum at Western Kentucky University
"Basketry Now: 10th Anniversary Exhibition" 
to December 1 
The National Basketry Organization’s juried biennial is where best-of-the-best, exquisitely crafted, innovative contemporary baskets go to be seen. This year’s show brings together 84 pieces by 55 artists from the US and beyond.

MA / Brockton
Fuller Craft Museum
"Striking Gold: Fuller at Fifty" 
September 7 – April 5, 2020 
The Fuller celebrates its golden anniversary with a glittering invitational show of work made from and about gold, gleaming with all its cultural, political, and historical weight.

MA / North Adams
MASS MoCA
"Suffering From Realness" 
to January 2020 
The title comes from a song by Jay-Z and Kanye West: “Doctors say I’m the illest / ’Cause I’m suffering from realness.” Artists in this show consider aspects of “realness” today such as racism, violence, and gender inequality, and how people can navigate all of that toward a better day.

ME / Portland
Portland Museum of Art
"In the Vanguard: Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, 1950 – 1969" 
to September 8 
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts got its start in 1950 as a small, rural experiment in craft education. Ably assisted by artists such as Anni Albers, Jack Lenor Larsen, and Toshiko Takaezu, the little school went on to make a giant impact on 20th-century art and design. This is the first major museum show dedicated to the school and its groundbreaking history, with more than 90 works in ceramics, textiles, glass, and other mediums by titans of midcentury craft, along with photos, letters, and ephemera from the school’s archives.

MN / Minneapolis
Minnesota Center for Book Arts
"Mimic: Modern Marbled Objects" 
August 9 – October 13 
Swirling, intricate marbled patterns have graced the endpapers and edges of fine books for centuries. Contemporary marblers employ methods and handmade tools much like those of their artistic ancestors to manipulate and transfer floating paint. These days, you might find marbled paper or fabric on sculpture or decorative objects and in housewares, as well as in books. On view here are about 30 works by more than 20 artists such as Dan and Regina St. John of Chena River Marblers.

NM / Santa Fe
Form & Concept
"Six Years Smitten" 
to October 12 
Every year since 2014, Smitten Forum founders Marissa Saneholtz and Sara Brown have invited a different group of jewelers and metalsmiths to work side by side for a week in a communal studio. The result: new work, new ideas, spontaneous collaborations, and a stellar alumni community; about 150 works by 70 of them are on view here.

NY / Corning
Corning Museum of Glass
"Journey to the Moon: How Glass Got Us There" 
to January 31, 2020 
Much as we love glass in art, let us also pause in awe at its place in science and history. Fifty years ago, Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon. This display makes clear how crucial glass was in the moon mission’s success, from fiberglass used in the crew’s space suits to the windshield on the shuttle that brought them back to Earth.

TN / Memphis
Metal Museum
"40 Under 40: The Next Generation of American Metal Artists" 
to September 15 
The Metal Museum meets its 40-year mark with eyes toward its next 40. This show of young artists working in jewelry, forging, casting, sculpture, and other disciplines constitutes a look at things to come in the field and artists to watch.

WI / Neenah
Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass
"Reflecting Perspectives: Artists Confront Issues of Diversity and Inclusion" 
to September 22 
The museum presents glass luminaries – Preston Singletary, Joyce Scott, and Einar and Jamex De La Torre among them – who bring their voices to one of the world’s most profoundly important conversations, in a show that lets the expressive qualities of their medium shine.