CCAC's The Unknown Artist Reviewed in Oregon ArtsWatch

April 01, 2020

We’re sending a big thank you to Oregon ArtsWatch for their review of The Unknown Artist, the current exhibition at PNCA’s Center for Contemporary Art and Culture.

The group exhibition from curator and artist Lucy Cotter brings together ceramics and textiles from the collection of the former Museum of Contemporary Craft to create a dialogue around obsolescence, the relative value of making, and its entanglement with artistic authorship and visibility.

As reporter Martha Daghlian notes, The Unknown Artist avoids becoming a straightforward attempt to elevate traditional arts and crafts, thanks to Cotter’s “in-depth research into the objects on view and the institutional and cultural contexts within which they and their makers exist.”

The show’s launch in the midst of a global pandemic has also created an opening to address another dialogue, with Daghlian posing the question, “how do the arts proceed in this time of social distancing?”

“We have to see that this is also a moment for possibility,” answers Cotter. “When resources dry up you have to decide what is important,” also noting that “making sustainable exhibitions [now] means finding new ways of thinking.”

To read the full review from Oregon ArtsWatch, click here.