Research Initiative

Shared Ground

The Center for Craft, Bard Graduate Center, and the Museum of Arts and Design are pleased to introduce Shared Ground: Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Craft Studies symposium held in NYC September 20–22, 2018.

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The study of craft is at a critical moment as more researchers turn toward this subject and expand its geographic, temporal, and intellectual boundaries. The 2018 Shared Ground symposium explores cross-disciplinary approaches to craft studies, with an eye towards intersecting and divergent theories, methodologies, and sites of practice.

The “material-turn” in the humanities and social sciences has brought increased attention to the study of craft across diverse fields, ranging from art and design history, decorative arts, and material culture studies to anthropology, science and technology studies, and curation. Artists, architects, urban planners, engineers, and computer scientists are exploring the craft-like nature and implications of their research and professional practice in new ways. Institutions are combining the investigatory and teaching strategies of traditional academic disciplines with “learning by doing,” and the influence of global studies has led scholars to seek out, understand, and contextualize craft outside of the studio craft or the arts and craft movements.

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Shared Ground

Shared Ground was held in New York City September 20-22, 2018. Thanks to all the speakers and attendees for making this event a success!

Field Building

About the Partnership

In 2014 the Bard Graduate Center, Center for Craft, and Museum of Arts and Design partnered to create the first dedicated position for craft research and scholarship in the United States. The Windgate Research Curator is the culmination of this partnership, linking America’s flagship museum devoted to the skilled maker, the leading specialist academy for the study of the history of design and material culture, and the foremost national nonprofit granting organization devoted to advancing the study of craft history, theory, and practice in the United States.

Drawing on the successful foundation laid by the Wingate Research Curator and our shared goal to develop scholarship in the fields of decorative arts, design history, material culture, and craft studies, the Bard Graduate Center, Center for Craft, and Museum of Arts and Design partnered to present Shared Ground: Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Craft Studies. The symposium was held in New York City September 20-22, 2018.

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