Glassell School of Art Lecture

by | Mar 18, 2014


Ten Years Gone — Shifts and Developments in the Field of Craft
Presented by
Namita Gupta Wiggers
Saturday, April 5, 2014, 4:00 p.m.
Frank Freed Auditorium
The Glassell School of Art
5101 Montrose Blvd.

The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception to meet the speaker follows the lecture. The Booker-Lowe Lecture Series is made possible by a generous grant from Nana Booker and M. David Lowe/Booker-Lowe Gallery.

The Sixth Annual Booker-Lowe Lecture
Ten Years Gone—Shifts and Developments in the Field of Craft
Presented by Namita Gupta Wiggers

The past ten years have witnessed significant shifts in how craft is examined, interpreted, documented, and practiced. Namita Gupta Wiggers explores the shifts and developments in the field of craft, with a focus on exhibitions and programs at the Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, Oregon. Through an examination of intersections throughout the craftscape— from the decorative arts to academic publishing, DIY to museums, the marketplace to education, this lecture examines how and why craft periodically resurfaces as a relevant topic in contemporary culture. As the craftscape broadens and morphs, what has shifted—and what remains stubbornly unchanged during the past “Ten Years Gone”?

Wiggers is director and chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art. Wiggers is also the cofounder of the Critical Craft Forum and serves on the board of trustees of the American Craft Council.