A compendium of craft masquerading as art, art masquerading as craft, and craft extending its middle finger.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Eat the Document

I just stumbled onto this online exhibition from the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution. This is a treasure trove of documents relating to 20th century craft--letters from prime movers in different craft movements--from Dale Chihuly to Robert Arneson. There are also photos, sketches, glaze recipes, and advertisements. There is an initiative afoot at the Smithsonian to gather documents pertaining to American Craft, as well as interviewing and transcribing at least 100 key figures. It's interesting to scroll through the archives and see how American craft evolved. Their archive of transcribed interviews is a phenomenal resource. Bookmark it today, and experience the artists in their own words. You know, sometimes America is pretty kick-ass.



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