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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.

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

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,

Where

Center for Craft, Bresler Family Gallery

67 Broadway St., Asheville NC 28801

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.

about the artists

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

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

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organized

by

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Center

for

Craft.

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Center

for

Craft

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supported

in

part

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Since its inception in 1964, the North Carolina Arts Council has imagined and executed an innovative vision for arts development that touches every corner of our state — all 100 counties — from the mountains to the coast.

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a

division

of

the

Department

of

Natural

and

Cultural

Resources.

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Center

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Craft’s

John

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Gallery

presented

in

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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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