MONDAY, DECEMBER 10 / CLOSED

Lectures

"The Shape of Craft"

3/31/2019 / 1:30pm

*Reservations required

Ezra Shales, Professor, History of Art Department, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Susan Collis’s work—the materials she chooses, and the manner in which she handles them—presents associations with craft. This lecture by Ezra Shales, author of the recent book The Shape of Craft, will offer compelling ideas that seek to expand thought around the commonly accepted definition of craft.

Today when we hear the word “craft,” a whole host of things come immediately to mind. And while it is easy to think of it in relation to a lifestyle of microbreweries, artisanal cheeses, and an array of unique gifts, in his book and lecture The Shape of Craft, Shales asks us to consider craft as a civic phenomenon and fabric of our everyday infrastructure. He explores some of the key questions: Who gets to be called a craftsperson? Where does craft happen, amongst a group or as an individual activity? And is there a difference between craft and ordinary manufacturing? He looks beyond the cliché that craft adds texture to sterile modern homes. Work such as building pianos and honing knives provides people with a livelihood, not just a hobby. Along the way, Shales upends our definition of what is handcrafted or authentic, revealing the contradictions in our expectations of craft. 

Make Reservations

This lecture is related programming for the exhibition Susan Collis: Without you the world goes on.

Location Information:
Levitt Auditorium

2019-03-31 13:30:00 2019-03-31 00:00:00 America/Chicago "The Shape of Craft" *Reservations required Ezra Shales, Professor, History of Art Department, Massachusetts College of Art and Design Susan Collis’s work—the materials she chooses, and the manner in which she handles them—presents associations with craft. This lecture by Ezra Shales, author of the recent book  The Shape of Craft , will offer compelling ideas that seek to expand thought around the commonly accepted definition of craft. Today when we hear the word “craft,” a whole host of things come immediately to mind. And while it is easy to think of it in relation to a lifestyle of microbreweries, artisanal cheeses, and an array of unique gifts, in his book and lecture The Shape of Craft, Shales asks us to consider craft as a civic phenomenon and fabric of our everyday infrastructure. He explores some of the key questions: Who gets to be called a craftsperson? Where does craft happen, amongst a group or as an individual activity? And is there a difference between craft and ordinary manufacturing? He looks beyond the cliché that craft adds texture to sterile modern homes. Work such as building pianos and honing knives provides people with a livelihood, not just a hobby. Along the way, Shales upends our definition of what is handcrafted or authentic, revealing the contradictions in our expectations of craft.  Make Reservations This lecture is related programming for the exhibition  Susan Collis: Without you the world goes on . Levitt Auditorium

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