Curator Conversation at the Wharton Esherick Virtual Event Tomorrow

A split image showing a room with wooden furniture on a raised level on the left and a figure wearing glasses and a blue scarf on the right.
Image from the Wharton Esherick Museum website.

The Decorative Arts SIG’s own Beth Goodrich will be discussing materials related to sculptor and furniture maker Wharton Esherick held in the American Craft Council Digital Collections in a free online event hosted by the Wharton Esherick Museum. As noted in the event description, the ACC Digital Collections contain, “thousands of unique images, documents, and media, detailing the history of twentieth-century and contemporary craft in America,” including extensive records related to the renowned craftsman. The conversation will focus on, “Esherick’s 1958-1959 retrospective exhibition The Furniture and Sculpture of Wharton Esherick at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts…as well as his relationships with other craft artists represented in the ACC’s resources, such as Henry Varnum Poor and Ruth Reeves.”

Founded in 1972, the Wharton Esherick Museum comprises several historic buildings in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, including the home and studio of Wharton Esherick. Tomorrow’s talk is part of an ongoing series of Curator Conversations that began last summer. The talk will run from 3:00 to 3:45 pm EST. The event is free, but registration is required. You can register for the event here. Hope to see you there!

“Voices in Studio Glass History” Preview Today

The Bard Graduate Center is hosting a preview and discussion of its forthcoming multi-media web-based digital exhibition and publication Voices in Studio Glass History: Art and Craft, Maker and Place, and the Critical Writings and Photography of Paul Hollister this evening. The project unites extensive documentation and thoughtful curation in an experience that is part archive, part exhibition. As an announcement for the event states, the extensive site explores, “themes of experimentation, shared knowledge, community building, international exchange, critical debate, the impact of museums and galleries, and fluidities among the categories of art, craft, and design.”

Visit here to register for the event, which will take place from 6-7:30 pm EST tonight.