A landmark, historical survey featuring more than 200 works, spanning a period of nearly 200 years.
Beginning with the Industrial Revolution, CRAFT IN AMERICA: Expanding Traditions explored the many cultures and movements that have contributed to the development and refinement of American crafts during the last two centuries. Handcrafted furniture, ceramics, fiber and textiles, basketry, glass, wood, jewelry and metalwork were included in this ground-breaking project. The exhibition represented a broad base of craft-makers including traditional artisans, designer craftsmen of the Arts & Crafts Movement, the artists of the 1930s WPA programs, post World War II studio craft pioneers and contemporary studio craft artists.
Collection Source: Mingei International Museum
CRAFT IN AMERICA: Expanding Traditions was organized by Craft in America, Inc., Los Angeles, chief curator Jo Lauria; and Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions (CATE), Pasadena, California. The exhibition tour is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius. KPBS was the media sponsor of the exhibition at Mingei International Museum.
Recycled and Embroidered Textiles of Bengal
Featuring approximately 40 kantha (decorative stitched quilting made from recycled sari) from the Museum's permanent collection.