The Society of Arts + Crafts opens two new exhibitions: Adorning Boston and Beyond: Contemporary Studio Jewelry Then + Now and Our Cups Runneth Over, 6th Biennial Ceramic Cup Exhibition and Sale. Celebrate these two events with us at our most vibrant event of the fall!
Adorning Boston and Beyond features the contemporary artistic heirs of seminal artists working in and around Boston from the mid-twentieth century. Artists such as Alexander Calder, Art Smith and Margaret De Patta established the Northeast and other areas as hubs of innovation and creativity in studio jewelry. Contemporary artists that have lived, worked and been educated primarily in Boston continue this thread of innovation in contemporary studio jewelry, which focuses on one-of-a-kind handmade pieces that emphasize creative and expression and design, making the genre ideal for experimentation in form, material and concept. Over 30 artists, working throughout mediums will be on view, including: Kathleen Brown, Tanya Crane, Arthur Hash, Lauren Kalman,Tiff Massey, Bruce Metcalf, Myung Urso and Joe Wood. Guest curator: Heather White, MassArt Jewelry Professor, Studio Jeweler and Curator.
Our Cups Runneth Over explores the notion of a cup as more than a vessel. Through cups we encounter intimacy - between lips and cup, between maker and user, between utility and design. The sixth iteration of this biennial Society exhibition, with guest curator Mary Barringer, gives audiences the opportunity to expand upon their understandings of these objects that serve a function in our daily lives. Through vignettes and curatorial storytelling, viewers will examine how we define a cup and evaluate its quotidian role. Cups as well as representative portfolio pieces from upwards of 25 artists will be showcased and sold during this special exhibition which has come to be a destination for collectors, as well as an important educational destination for students to learn about the various formal, conceptual, and technical approaches that ceramics allows. Guest curator: Mary Barringer, Ceramic artist and former editor of Studio Potter magazine.
Both exhibitions will be on view through February 17, 2019.