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The New York Times Features The Museum of Contemporary Craft

In a glowing article, Finally, the Bowl Gets Its Due, New York Times writer Julie Lasky delves into the exhibition Object Focus: The Bowl and its the connections between tradition, craft, and design it investigates.

Read the New York Times article here.

In addition to highlighting MoCC Director and Chief Curator Namita Gupta Wiggers efforts to point to the bowl as an instrument of craft and as a successful design object, Lasky also notes PNCA faculty member Daniel Duford’s essay on the Object Focus: The Bowl Tumblr.

Lasky writes “Daniel Duford, a potter and printmaker, wrote more personally about a ceramic bread bowl of unknown origin that had been inherited from his wife’s great-grandmother in Puyallup, Wash.” Lasky also discusses PNCA’s BFA in Illustration program as the first people to participate in the drawing station installed in the exhibition.

The article begins by discussing a recent Northern Song dynasty bowl that went for more than $2.2 million at auction in Sotheby’s.

But the bowl, Lasky notes, is easily overlooked. In a phone conversation with Lasky, Wiggers said “we don’t talk about the bowl because it’s completely this everyday thing. We take it for granted. We know it too well.”

And thus the impetus behind Object Focus: The Bowl: to draw attention to and unpack an everyday object that is filled to the brim with thousands of years of craft and design.

Wiggers said, “When I talk to people about the bowl, it is always about something else. It’s a metaphorical conversation about ritual, like in the tea ceremony, or about the fabrication process. It’s very hard to just talk about the bowl itself. We talk around the bowl.”

Lasky discusses the Tumblr page as well, pointing out the inclusion of writers such as Mara Holt Skov and Daniel Duford.  She writes, “Ms. Wiggers has capitalized on the narrative richness of bowls by inviting scholars, writers and artisans to select an example from the show and write a brief essay about it.”

Read written accounts and essay on the Object Focus The Bowl Tumblr here.

Posted on 03/28 at 01:14 PM

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Spring Break Hours


Please note the following change in building hours for the week of March 25-March 29.
Monday-Saturday 8am-10pm
The Stevens Studios and MFA studios will remain open 24/7 over the break. 
The building will go back to extended hours and 7am opening times on Monday April 1.

March 23-24 (Sat and Sun) CLOSED
March 25-29 (Mon-Fri) 9am-5:30pm
March 30-31 (Sat and Sun) CLOSED

Digital Production Center
The DPC (Digital Production Center) will be open over Spring Break for the normal hours.
However, the DPC manager will not be on the scene until Thursday and Friday.

If you are authorized to print on your own, help yourself to the EPSONS.

Digital Print Studio
The Digital Print Studio will be staffed for printing at the following times/days over Spring Break:

Sunday March 24:         12:30 – 5pm
Monday March 25:        11am – 4pm
Thursday March 28:      11am – 4pm
Friday March 29:           11am – 4pm
Sunday March 31:         12:30 – 5pm

All other times are by after hours access only.

3D Shop
There will be supervised access hours for the shops in 3D over Spring Break.
The schedule is
Monday-Thursday 10-6 
(Angie in the metal shop and Tyler in the wood shop)
Check with Liam in the Ceramic studio for the firing schedule.

Metal Shop
Sunday March 24 Closed                                                   
Monday March 25 10-6                                    
Tuesday March 26          10-6                                         
Wednesday March 27    10-6                                           
Thursday March 28        10-6                                      
Friday March 29            Closed                                       
Saturday March 30        Closed                                     
Sunday March 31          Closed

Media Resource Center
The MRC will be closed during the week of spring break.
Any equipment checked out on Friday, March 22, 2013 will be due on Monday, April 1, 2013.


Posted on 03/22 at 04:12 PM

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Craig Wheat MFA ‘09 Garners More Internet Fame

First there was Hipster Kitty. Now Craig Wheat MFA ‘09 is making t-shirts.

MFA in Visual Studies alumnus Craig Wheat had one of his drawings used as a pattern for a shirt for Mishka NYC. The image on the shirt is a recreation of a nightmare the artist had about being welded to other people to form a Human Coral Reef. But that’s not the first time his work has been replicated. Wheat’s “Hipster Kitty” meme went viral several years ago.  

Posted on 03/12 at 05:27 PM

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Critical Art Ensemble Vistis PNCA Campus

The Feldman Gallery + Project Space at PNCA hosts the internationally renowned arts collective Critical Art Ensemble (CAE) with an exhibition from Wednesday, March 13, 2013 through Sunday, June 2, 2013. The CAE ensemble will be on campus for events from Wednesday, March 13 – Saturday, March 16.

List of Critical Art Ensemble Events

On Saturday March 16, The Feldman Gallery + Project Space presents the Keep Hope Alive Block Party, a one day event put on by the Critical Art Ensemble.

About Keep Hope Alive Block Party
For the Block Party, CAE responds to inequitable distribution of resources with a block party acknowledging that while the majority of wealth may be in the hands of the very few, the many have a handful of remaining assets to give us pleasure including Sustenance (soup kitchen open all afternoon); Delirium (forty-ounce bottles of Miller High Life for those of age, and Big Gulps of Mountain Dew for under-agers); and Hope (raffle tickets offering big cash prizes, so that for a lucky few, economic mobility will not only be downward.)

The Block Party happens on NW 13th between NW Johnson and NW Kerney from 12 – 5pm on March 16.

Posted on 03/12 at 05:18 PM

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