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Current Exhibition

UPcoming Exhibition

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On View 

Desire Paths

Desire Paths

On view

Feb

5

May

28

Through

Feb

5

May

28

When

Feb 5, 2021

May 28, 2021

digital collage with face pieces

Photo credit:

Gabriel .A. Maher, Technologies for Seductive Criticism, 2016. Image courtesy of the artist.

Current Exhibition

UPcoming Exhibition

past Exhibition

On View 

Desire Paths

On view

Feb

5

May

28

Through

Feb

5

May

28

When

Feb 5, 2021

May 28, 2021

digital collage with face pieces

Photo credit:

Gabriel .A. Maher, Technologies for Seductive Criticism, 2016. Image courtesy of the artist.

Current Exhibition

UPcoming Exhibition

past Exhibition

On View 

Desire Paths

On view

Feb

5

May

28

Through

Feb

5

May

28

When

Feb 5, 2021

May 28, 2021

digital collage with face pieces

Photo credit:

Gabriel .A. Maher, Technologies for Seductive Criticism, 2016. Image courtesy of the artist.

FRONT & CENTER

Front & center

Desire Paths looks at makers within the discourse of craft and those existing on the periphery of the craftscape who focus on the movement of the body towards something desirable. These desires of the body are in relationship to nature, technology, self, and society. Using architectural theory and queer curatorial strategies, Desire Paths examines the possibilities and futures of bodies, revealing connections between the corporeal and craft.

“Desire paths,” a term taken from urban planning, are lines trodden in the landscape when constructed walkways do not provide a direct or desired route. Through action, repetition, and intentionality, desire paths are crafted modifications to the landscape that allow for a body to move towards a horizon. The format of the works include traditional craft media, performance, video, and interactive web-based work. Through this variety of media and performative tactics the makers in Desire Paths consider how we view, value, and ascribe meaning to a body/the body/the others body. They show us the power and agency held in body and present us with crafted visions of the body that confront and expand expectations 

The works in this exhibition reclaim the concept of craft from its historical associations with the decorative, frivolous, feminine, indigenous, and the other. The makers use the medium of craft, and the action of crafting, to produce powerful representations and counter narratives to dominant culture. 


The Center for Craft celebrates the opening of Desire Paths on Friday, February 5th with a live, virtual performance by exhibiting artist, Ben Gould, entitled Ardor. Performance begins at 2pm EST, and follows with a conversation between exhibition curators, Lauren Kalman and matt lambert, and Gould.

Watch the performance livestream here.


Two Ways to View

Virtual Tour

Online visitors can register to attend a virtual tour of this exhibition. This is a free event. A $5-10 donation at time of registration is recommended.

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In-Person

The Center is offering free, unguided visits and affordable tours of its exhibitions to the public. Guests can reserve a 30-minute visit to explore the current exhibitions, learn more about the Center’s national impact in their Craft Research Fund Study Collection, and enjoy interactive activities. The Center is open to the public Tuesday-Friday, 11 am -5 pm. Hours of operation may be subject to change.

Center for Craft is monitoring the effects of COVID-19 on the community and following the instruction of federal, state, and local health departments. Our top priority is always the health and safety of our staff, coworkers, and visitors. At this time, the Center can only allow a maximum of five guests in its public space at once and will require the use of masks or face coverings by all visitors, including children. The Center reserves the right to refuse entry to any visitor that will not comply.

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SUPPORT

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OPENING RECEPTION

,

,

Where

Center for Craft, Bresler Family Gallery

67 Broadway St., Asheville NC 28801

ARTISTS

Indira Allegra

Ben Gould

Cannupa Hanska Luger

Gabriel Maher

Mark Newport

Virgil Ortiz

Tiffany Parbs

Piki Toi Collective

Rebel Nell

CURATed By

Lauren Kalman and matt lambert

Exhibition management

Lauren Roquemore

Installation by

Exhibition design

Edited by

Graphic Design by

Kristi Pfeffer

Photography by

exhibition events

The events for this exhibition have passed. See our full calendar for upcoming events.

Meet the artists

ᏚᏍᏓᏯᎫᎾᏱ Gabriel Crow

Cherokee, NC

Faye Junaluska

Cherokee, NC

Lucille Lossiah

Ramon Lose

Cullowhee, NC

ᏯᏗ ᎺᏂ Betty Maney

Cherokee, NC

ᏗᎳᏂ Dylan Morgan

Cherokee, NC

ᎺᎵ ᏔᎻᏏᏂ Mary W. Thompson

ᏎᎳᏂ ᏔᎻᏏᏂ Sarah Thompson

Patricia Welch

Field Building

about the artists

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Cannupa Hanska Luger

Cannupa Hanska Luger is a multidisciplinary artist and an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of Fort Berthold (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara and Lakota). Through monumental installations and social collaboration, Luger activates speculative fiction and communicates stories about 21st Century Indigeneity, combining critical cultural analysis with dedication and respect for the diverse materials, environments, and communities he engages. He lectures and produces large-scale projects around the globe and his works are in many public collections.

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Luger is a 2022 Guggenheim fellow, recipient of the 2021 United States Artists Fellowship Award for Craft and was named a Grist 50 Fixer for 2021, a list which includes emerging leaders in climate, sustainability, and equity who are creating change across the nation. He is a 2020 Creative Capital Fellow, a 2020 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow, the recipient the 2020 A Blade Of Grass Artist Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art and the recipient of the Center For Craft’s inaugural Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship for 2020. He is the recipient of a 2019 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant, a 2019 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Honoree, and the recipient of the Museum of Arts and Design’s 2018 inaugural Burke Prize. Luger has exhibited internationally including venues such as the Gardiner Museum, Kunsthal KAdE, Washington Project for the Arts, Art Mûr, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, among others. Luger holds a BFA in studio arts from the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

exhibition Images

exhibition Images

Desire Paths

is

curated

by

Lauren Kalman and matt lambert

and

Organized

by

the

Center

for

Craft.

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Center

for

Craft

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supported

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part

by

the

,

a

division

of

the

Department

of

Natural

and

Cultural

Resources.

The Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship is generously supported by the Windgate Foundation.

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exhibition

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supported

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part

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For a full listing of the generous funders supporting the Center for Craft and our programming visit centerforcraft.org/support

This

exhibition

is

supported

in

part

by

the

the

and

the

a

division

of

the

Department

of

Natural

and

Cultural

Resources.

For a full listing of the generous funders supporting the Center for Craft and our programming visit centerforcraft.org/support

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Center

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Craft’s

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UNC Asheville transforms lives through leadership and education. The designated liberal arts and sciences institution for the UNC System and one of the nation’s top 10 public liberal arts universities, UNC Asheville enrolls 3,600 students and offers more than 30 undergraduate majors and a Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences degree. UNC Asheville also encourages students to take part in a nationally acclaimed undergraduate research program and participate in interdisciplinary learning. From internships and hands-on projects, to study abroad and community engagement, students experience an education that extends beyond campus into the vibrant City of Asheville, the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains and the world.

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A liberal arts college grounded in social responsibility, where hard work and community are more than just words.

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supported

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part

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For a full listing of the generous funders supporting the Center for Craft and our programming visit centerforcraft.org/support

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