Call for papers alert: 2018 College Art Association

The Poetics and Politics of “Anonymous” Contemporary Craft

Chair(s): Ezra Shales, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, [email protected]

Is anonymity in conditions of artisanal production counterintuitive to our understanding of contemporary craft? The great majority of recent exhibitions and publications about modern and contemporary craft cite artistry that has a known provenance, mainly comprised of identified individual authors. Is the monographic study of individual genius, a convention established by Vasari in the Renaissance, still helpful or a hindrance, and does that model serve the meanings of pottery, weaving, or cast metals, where workshops of dozens (or hundreds) are the longer historical tradition? If one of the strengths of craft history has been an expansive view beyond the traditional art historical canon and an inclusion of women’s work and indigenous making, a recurring weakness has been its paternalistic attitudes towards marginalized and underrepresented cultures. For instance, a craft museum recently exhibited 20th-century metalwork as “anonymous African jewelry,” a shorthand that normatizes three problematic terms in one fell swoop. This session seeks papers on anonymous artisans which go beyond the insider/outsider duality and which strive for taxonomies with more nuance than ‘folk,’ and especially welcomes field work that strays into complex manufacturing or collective production as well as case studies that “look at what the practitioners do” (Geertz, 1973).

Submission deadline: August 14, 2017
CAA Annual Call for Proposals (http://www.collegeart.org/pdf/call-for-participation.pdf)

Journal of Modern Craft 10.1

Editorial Introduction (full text available)

ARTICLES

Modern Craft Studies: The Decade in Review by Journal Editors

The Crusoe Condition: Making within Limits and the Critical Possibilities of Fiction by Cat Rossi

Simulating Craftwork in Contemporary Architecture by Deniz Balık and Açalya Allmer

STATEMENT OF PRACTICE

The Resourcefulness of Craft: Whole House Reuse by Juliet Arnott

PRIMARY TEXT

Commentary by Glenn Adamson

The Survival of the Bark Canoe (extracts) by John McPhee

EXHIBITION REVIEWS

Jealous Saboteurs reviewed by Sian van Dyck

Nick Cave: Until reviewed by Sara Clugage

Shaping Ceramics: From Lucie Rie to Edmund De Waal reviewed by Marshall Colman

BOOK REVIEWS

Makers: The New Industrial Revolution; TheFront cover New Industrial Revolution: Consumers, Globalisation and the End of Mass Production reviewed by Martina Margetts

Arts and Crafts Stained Glass reviewed by Stephen Knott

Journal of Modern Craft 9.3

Editorial Introduction (full text available)

ARTICLES

Renaissance and Resistance: Modern French Tapestry and Collective Craft  by Claire O’Mahony

The Materiality of Tapestry in the Digital Age by Julia Pastor

Amanda Ross-Ho’s White Goddess and the vintage Afterlife of Vintage Macramé by Susan Richmond

STATEMENT OF PRACTICE

Seep by Lisa Walker

PRIMARY TEXT

How Long is a Museum? Archives of the Museum of Contemporary Craft by Namita Wiggers

EXHIBITION REVIEWS

Ceramix: Ceramic Art from Rodin to Schütte reviewed by Glen R. Brown

Chiacho & Giannone: Monobordado reviewed by Patrick Greaney

BOOK REVIEWS

Amateur Craft: History and Theory reviewed by Amy Twigger Holroyd

Craft and the Creative Economy reviewed by Imogen Racz