Crafting America, a new exhibition developed by Crystal Bridges, celebrates the skill and individuality of craft within the broad context of American art.
Featuring over 90 works in ceramics, fiber, wood, metal, glass, and more unexpected materials, Crafting America presents an inclusive story of American craft from the 1940s to today, featuring artists such as Ruth Asawa, Sheila Hicks, and Faith Ringgold. From the vital contributions of Indigenous artists to the new skills and points of view brought by immigrants to the United States, this exhibition highlights personal creativity, innovation, and the technical skill that animates a broad range of objects.
Developed by Crystal Bridges Assistant Curator Jen Padgett and guest curator Glenn Adamson, scholar of craft, design history, and contemporary art, Crafting America presents a fresh perspective on the importance of craft in American art.
Kathy Butterly, Super Bloom, 2019. Clay, glaze, 6 1/4 x 9 1/2 x 10 in. © Kathy Butterly 2019. Image courtesy the artist and James Cohan, New York. Photo by Alan Wiener.