First installed as a section of the inaugural exhibition AMERICAN EXPRESSIONS OF LIBERTY, this changing exhibition continues to showcase Mingei International’s growing collection of contemporary craft. CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN CRAFT included a rich selection of ceramics by Laura Andreson, Harrison MacIntosh, Rupert Deese, Gertrud and Otto Natzler (with photographs of Otto Natzler’s glazes by Gail Reynolds Natzler), Vivika and Otto Heino, Beatrice Wood, Martha Longenecker, Ken Dierck, Karen Karnes, Ramona Rowley, Gaylord Hall and Roy Leeper; wooden furniture by Sam Maloof, Wharton Esherick, George Nakashima and Wendy Maruyama; turned wood bowls by Bob Stocksdale and Gene Blickenstaff; a hewn wood bowl by Bill Chappelow; a wooden jewelry box by Brett Hesser; paper by Kay Sekimachi; weaving by Eve Gulick, Jack Lenor Larsen and Joan Austin; an extraordinary collection of contemporary silver by Henry Petzal; enamel by JoAnn Tanzer; and glass by Dale Chihuly and Benjamin Moore.

CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN CRAFT was funded in part by the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Program.


On View: Aug 08, 1996 - Oct 25, 1998

Curator: Martha Longenecker

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