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Craft Research Talks: The New Politics of the Handmade

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May 20, 2021

May 20, 2021


3:00 pm

4:30 pm








Books take many years — sometimes upward of a decade — to produce. The Center is committed to supporting these grant recipients throughout the research process. Join us for the premier Craft Research Talks program, featuring a lively virtual discussion with authors and Craft Research Fund recipients Anthea Black and Nicole Burisch about their latest book, The New Politics of the Handmade: Craft, Art, & Design (Bloomsbury, 2020). Black and Burisch will be in conversation with featured artist Jovencio de la Paz, followed by a Q & A with the audience.

What people are saying:

The New Politics of the Handmade jumpstarts a sorely needed discussion about the unexamined claims that surround craft as a progressive political movement, a form of anti-capitalist consumption, and a sustainable practice. In this volume Anthea Black and Nicole Burisch have orchestrated an insightful conversation with a diverse group of scholars, artists, and curators about the role and power of craft in the contemporary art world that charts a more nuanced way forward.”

–Elissa Auther, Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and the William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator, Museum of Arts and Design, USA.

Buy the book here.

For over 15 years, the Center for Craft has awarded research grants for projects like The New Politics of the Handmade, encouraging, expanding, and supporting scholarly craft research in the United States.

The Craft Research Fund program is administered by the Center for Craft and supported by the Windgate Foundation.


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