Shows to See: June/July 2012

Shows to See: June/July 2012

Published on Thursday, May 17, 2012. This article appears in the June/July 2012 issue of American Craft Magazine.
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 Ethel Stein Butah

 Ethel Stein, Butah. Photo: Tom Grotta

Here are our picks for exhibitions throughout June and July. View the complete shows and events calendar.

CA / Pomona
American Museum of Ceramic Art
Patti Warashina: Wit and Wisdom
Jul. 14 – Sep. 29
A retrospective of the artist’s often humorous and satirical work, from the handbuilt and molded forms she made in the 1960s, countering the ruggedness of contemporaries like Peter Voulkos, to the painted heads and figures that have become her trademark.

DC / Washington
The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum
40 Under 40: Craft Futures
Jul. 20 – Feb. 3, 2013
Signature pieces from a who’s who of up-and-coming artists, including Vivian Beer, Cristina Córdova, Sabrina Gschwandtner, Lara Knutson, Marc Maiorana, and Cat Mazza.

DC / Washington
The Textile Museum
Sourcing the Museum
to Aug. 19
Distinguished textile designer Jack Lenor Larsen chose 11 artists, including Ethel Stein , Warren Seelig, and Kay Sekimachi, to create new works inspired by the museum’s vast permanent collection.

ME / Boothbay
Watershed Center for Ceramics
Invite + Ignite
Jul. 11 – 14
This 25th anniversary symposium kicks off with a keynote address from Design Within Reach founder Rob Forbes, while lectures, panels, and demonstrations by artists, including William Daley, Don Reitz, and Jim Melchert, round out the inspiring weekend.

MN / St. Paul
Goldstein Museum of Design
Quest for the World’s Best Baskets
Jun. 8 – Sep. 9
Nancy Schermer’s 40-year pursuit of the world’s best baskets has taken her all over the globe. This exhibition of works from her collection, including baskets made by South American Embera and Wounaan Indians, and Zulu work from Africa, takes the form back to its functional roots as it makes a broader statement about contemporary beauty and craftsmanship.

OH / Toledo
Glass Art Society
42nd Annual Conference
Jun. 13 – 17
The Glass Art Society’s annual get-together returns to the birthplace of studio glass for the movement’s 50th anniversary. Highlights include lifetime achievement awards for Joel Philip Myers and Bertil Vallien; lectures by Glenn Adamson, Mark Zirpel, and Daniel Schwoerer; and demos by Klaus Moje, Fritz Dreisbach, and Richard Marquis, plus the opening of “Color Ignited: Glass 1962 – 2012” at the Toledo Art Museum (through Sep. 9).

PA / Philadelphia
Center for Art in Wood
Hooked on Wood: The Allure of the Fish Decoy
to Jul. 21
This overview of utilitarian and beautiful handmade fishing lures includes more than 100 objects, dating back to 1900.

PA / Philadelphia
National Liberty Museum
Seeking Freedom
Jun. 28 – Oct. 7
Fleeing repressive regimes, the six glass artists in this exhibition found refuge in the United States. The stories behind their artistic journeys suggest new conceptual dimensions to already stellar glass creations.

RI / Providence
RISD Museum
Designing Traditions Biennial: Student Explorations in the Asian Textile Collection
to Nov. 11
For the third iteration of this biennial exhibition, students from Rhode Island School of Design draw on the RISD Museum’s large Asian textile collection as inspiration for contemporary work in textiles and in hand-drawn and computer-generated designs.

WA / Bellevue
Bellevue Arts Museum
Gather Up the Fragments: The Andrews Shaker Collection
Jul. 11 to Oct. 28
A showcase of more than 200 objects from the first and most comprehensive collection of Shaker furniture and art.