Monday, November 10, 2008

SMoCA Lecture: Rope, String, Thread: The Hierarchy of Art and Craft in Comtemporary Art

Dr. Elissa Auther is scheduled to speak on DEC 4th at 7 PM

The words “radical” and “subversive” might not be the first (or second) to come to mind when mentioning knitting, lacemaking, embroidery or other historical crafts. Today, however, these fiber techniques enjoy a revolutionary new legitimacy in the contemporary art world. Dr. Elissa Auther will discuss the historical context for the elevation of such practices from craft to art. What are the artistic and political issues driving this new work? Auther is assistant professor of contemporary art at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Her book, String, Felt, Thread and the Hierarchy of Art and Craft in American Art, forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press, focuses on the increased visibility of fiber in American art of the 1960s and 1970s and the changing hierarchical relationship between art and craft. In conjunction with the exhibition Radical Lace & Subversive Knitting.

7380 E Second Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Stage 2 Theater.
$5 members; $7 nonmembers.
Call 480-994-ARTS [2787] for tickets.

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