This video delves into the opening discussion on the exhibition “Crafting America” at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, presented by co-curators Jen Padgett and Glenn Adamson. Featuring over 100 works in ceramics, fiber, wood, metal, glass, and more unexpected materials, “Crafting America” presents a diverse and inclusive story of American craft from the 1940s to today, developed by Jen Padgett, associate curator at Crystal Bridges, and Glenn Adamson, guest curator and scholar of craft, design history, and contemporary art. This video gives insight into the formation of the exhibition, glimpses of artists and artworks included, and discussion on the varied backgrounds and perspectives in craft.
ABOUT JEN PADGETT
Jen Padgett is an associate curator at Crystal Bridges. Her research focuses on modern art from the 1900s to 1950s, exploring connections between media and intersections between fine art and design.
ABOUT GLENN ADAMSON
Glenn Adamson is a curator and writer who works at the intersection of craft, design history and contemporary art. Currently Senior Scholar at the Yale Center for British Art, he has previously been Director of the Museum of Arts and Design; Head of Research at the Victoria & Albert Museum; and Curator at the Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee.
“Crafting America” has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Sponsored by the Windgate Foundation.
Lead Sponsors include: Blakeman’s Fine Jewelry, Phillips, and Morris Foundation, Inc.
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