VIRTUAL CLAY LECTURE SERIES
2016-17 NCECA VIRTUAL CLAY LECTURES
All presentations begin at 7pm eastern. Advanced registration is required.
Sheila Pepe, Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Different Things Including Clay- Sheila Pepe
What is the difference between clay and ceramics, art and craft – what about design? Do such distinctions matter? Do makers care about semantics? Inspired by her love of hand-making and the writing of late Wittgenstein, the artist will discuss her life and work as a boundary dweller and crosser. Using examples of her own work in cultural contexts of making and reception, Pepe invites a discussion in response to her argument for the meaning and power of self-directed differences.
Clare Twomey, Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Clay and Cultural Discourse
In this talk Clare Twomey will look at the work she has made in Museums that include shared authorship and visitor participation. The talk will reflect on how sites of practice can influence making and cultural impact, exposing dialogues of clay in the contemporary culture of Museums.
Clare Twomey is a British artist, researcher, and curator (b 1968). Twomey is a leading figure in the applied arts; she is an advocate for craft as commensurable to the wider visual arts. Her practice can be understood as ‘post-studio ceramics’, as her work engages with clay yet often at a critical distance. Twomey’s work negotiates the realms of performance, serial production, and transience, and often involves site-specific installations. She is especially concerned with the affective relations that bind people and things, and how objects can enable a dialogue with the vie
wer. Clay is her ideal medium as it embodies notions of permanence and inheritance, and has a profound connection with the everyday. Over
the past 10 years she has exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate, Crafts Council, Museum of Modern Art Kyoto, Japan, Eden Project, Royal Academy of Arts and Gardiner Museum, Toronto.
Ann Agee, Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Ann Agee’s talk will focus on the artist’s work, its development and influences. Agee will discuss how she came to clay from painting (a cousin to ceramics), her interest in making things, the experience of working in a ceramic factory setting for two years, and how that experience reverberates over time in her work; her attraction to home, interiors and decorative arts/traditional woman’s domain as inspiration, knowledge, language and many other things!
Arlene Shechet is a sculptor residing and working in New York City and the Hudson Valley.
Her exhibition, Porcelain, No Simple Matter, which opened in May 2016 and runs through April 2017, is the first presented within the Frick Collection by a living artist. Andrea K. Scott wrote in the New Yorker magazine, that the exhibition is “a balancing act of respectful and radical” and goes on to state, “What makes Shechet such an inspired choice for the Frick isn’t simply the twenty months she spent, on and off, in a Meissen studio, working closely with the company’s artisans. It’s also her long-term interest in East-West connections.”
All at Once, a major, critically-acclaimed 20-year survey of Shechet’s work was on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston in 2015. Hailed by The New York Times as “some of the most imaginative American sculpture of the past 20 years, and some of the most radically personal.” A review of the exhibition by Sebastian Smee of The Boston Globe included, “It’s in the harmonies and tensions between these colors and textures, between suggestions of both order and anarchy, decay and blooming freshness, that these works cough, sputter, and sing. If they really are the great analogs to interior life that I feel them to be, it’s because Shechet knows that this life, expertly attended to, has its own folds and wrinkles, its own hollows and protuberances; that it is at once fugitive and monumental … and ultimately unknowable.”
In recent years, Shechet’s work has included historical museum installations. Porcelain, No Simple Matter: Arlene Shechet and the Arnhold Collection, on view at The Frick Collection from May 2016 to April 2017, is described in From Here on Now, Shechet’s next solo museum exhibition opens at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. in October 2016.
Shechet was featured in season 7 of PBS’s Art 21 in 2014 as well as season 4 of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Artists Project in 2016. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2016 CAA Artist Award for Distinguished Body of Work, a John S. Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship Award in 2004, the Anonymous Was a Woman Artist Award and the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant in 2010, as well as several New York Foundation for the Arts awards.
Shechet’s work is in many distinguished public and private collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Walker Art Center, the National Gallery, the Brooklyn Museum, and the CCS Bard Hessel Museum.