Join us for a virtual tour of the exhibition Suite Américaine and a discussion between artist BA Harrington, Laura Mays, and Deirdre Visser. Suite Américaine Virtual Tour & Discussion.
Artist and material culture scholar, BA Harrington, and Sarah Darro, Gallery Manager at the Center for Craft, will lead a virtual tour of the exhibition Suite Américaine followed by a discussion with curators Laura Mays and Deirdre Visser.
BA Harrington is the recipient of the Center for Craft’s inaugural Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship and is a professor of woodworking at the College of Fine Arts of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Deirdre Visser is Curator of the Arts at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Laura Mays is the Program Director of the Fine Woodworking Program at the Krenov School of Fine Furniture. Mays and Visser are themselves former Craft Research Fund recipients and co-curated the seminal exhibition Making a Seat at the Table: Women Transform Woodworking.
Tour and discussion is from 6:00 - 8:00 pm and hosted through Zoom. New to Zoom? Visit their Help Center to get set up.
Suite Américaine is a solo exhibition by artist and material culture scholar, BA Harrington, which inflects historical American furniture forms with a contemporary feminist imagination. Developed with support from the Center for Craft’s Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship, Harrington reconstructs Colonial and Early American gender-specific furniture forms - dowry chests (also called hope or dower chests), ladies work tables and ladies writing desks - to demonstrate the revolutionary potential of furniture to actualize the creative agency of women. Harrington’s work exposes, activates, and celebrates the rich interiors of objects that once stored and concealed the labor and craft skill of women.
Suite Américaine is on view at the Center for Craft until November 26, 2021.
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