Theaster Gates Lecture Tonight—-But Only If You Already Voted

It’s Tuesday night, and I hope everyone voted! I voted early this year and am very glad as it means I can attend tonight’s lecture with artist Theaster Gates at American University’s Katzen Center.

He will be discussing his work in the context of AU’s Kinetic: Conversations in Contemporary Art Series. Theaster is an artist whose work is rooted in social practice and manifest through performance and installation. His piece “Mississippi Pavilion” is on view right now at The Renwick as part of the 40 Under 40: Craft Futures show (see flickr photos here). The piece explores Chinese migration to the American South and consists of a regional shotgun shack filled with blue and white Chinese ceramics.

Theaster Gates is an exciting contemporary artist and tonight’s talk should be illuminating.

Tuesday, November 6th at 6pm, Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Art Center, American University.

Craft is alive. Just ask anyone who knows what’s going on…and I mean that in a completely non-ironic way. You may only know about the hipster side of craft, so I beg you not to judge! 40 Under 40: Craft Futures, a new exhibit opening at the Renwick next week, does appear to give a glimpse of the future of handicrafts and traditional decorative art craft practices such as knitting, quilting, woodworking, ceramics and more.

The show features “40 artists born since 1972, the year the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s contemporary craft and decorative arts program was established at its branch museum, the Renwick Gallery.”

My favorite part of this as yet unseen exhibit is that the future has been announced via YouTube by the American Art Museum’s YouTube Channel which has short interesting videos that each of the participating artists were asked to make. Some personal favorites include Melanie Bilenker, Olek, Jen Stark, Daniel Michalik, and Cristina Cordova.

I am ready to be wowed by crafts! And thankful to the Smithsonian for doing something cool with video!

Opens July 20th at The American Art Museum at The Renwick and runs through February 3, 2013.