CRAFTED : Objects in Flux
August 25, 2015 – January 10, 2016
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Contemporary craft-based artists are finding new ways to fully explore their disciplines. Artists engage a broadened range of materials, conceptual practices, ways of making, and modes of display than those that have been historically associated with craft objects.

“Crafted” explores this moment of “flux” in the field, focusing on contemporary craft-based artists who bridge cutting-edge concepts and traditional skills as they embrace and explore the increasingly blurred boundaries between art, craft, and design. Featuring a selection of works from across the landscape of contemporary craft, the exhibition includes more than 30 emerging and established international artists and features works from Doug Bucci and Susie Ganch. Looking to a broad range of materials and practices, the exhibition explores the connections between craft and performance; the opportunities provided by new technologies and materials; and the power of rethinking craft’s interactions with architecture and space.

This exhibition is the first of its kind within an encyclopedic museum to explore the broad possibilities of contemporary artistic engagement with craft. By examining these interactions in proximity to historical examples in the MFA’s collection, “Crafted” demonstrates the vitality, viability, and variety inherent in choosing craft as a foundation for contemporary artistic practice.

The publication, CRAFTED Objects in Flux by Emily Zilber, the museum’s Ronald C. and Anita L. Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts will be published in conjunction with the exhibition. This pioneering publication brings together work by nearly forty international artists, whose varied approaches are not only pushing but redefining the boundaries of what we consider craft today. Author and museum curator Emily Zilber investigates the role of new tools and materials, the connection between craft and performance, and the power of craft’s interactions with space as seen in these stunning and surprising objects in flux.

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