Glenn Adamson will speak to the themes of his new book, Fewer Better Things: The Hidden Wisdom of Objects, an accessible exploration of the objects that lie around us.
In recent years, with the advent of the digital age, there is a risk that we are quite literally losing touch with the things in our lives. This decline in “material intelligence” is a problem - not just because we are becoming illiterate about our surroundings, but also because it prevents us from seeing the human connections that exist in objects made by others. In this talk, which will inaugurate the renovated Lyceum lecture program, Adamson will suggest ways to reconnect. His remarks will take inspiration from Concord’s past - with particular reference to Henry David Thorea’s Walden.
Glenn Adamson is a curator, writer and historian who works at the intersection of craft and contemporary art. Currently Senior Scholar at the Yale Center for British Art, he has previously been Director of the Museum of Arts and Design; Head of Research at the V&A; and Curator at the Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee. Adamson’s publications include Art in the Making (2016, co-authored with Julia Bryan-Wilson); The Invention of Craft (2013); The Craft Reader (2010); and Thinking Through Craft (2007). His new book Fewer Better Things: The Hidden Wisdom of Objects is out from Bloomsbury.
This event is FREE, but advance registration is requested.