This exhibition of traditional and contemporary craft icons highlights distinctive materials, excellence of workmanship and makers’ imaginations. Exploring regional and national craft traditions, while expressing each state’s unique contribution to the richness of the American experience, this exhibition celebrates the variety of craft found in America. Exhibition objects will include: Sam Maloof’s signature Rocking Chair for California, Karen Karnes’ Lidded Jar for the salt glazed pottery tradition of Vermont, Henry Petzal Silver for a contemporary take on Massachusetts’ centuries-old silver-smith tradition, Dale Chihuly Glass for Washington State, a Louis Comfort Tiffany long-necked Glass Bottle for New York and a newly acquired Gee’s Bend Quilt for Alabama.


MADE IN AMERICA is part of the AMERICAN ICONS Exhibition Series. Beginning in June 2014 and throughout 2015 the Museum will mount a series of exhibitions to celebrate the imagination, inspiration and innovation of Americans who have for more than three centuries created stunning works of folk art, craft and design – our shared American Icons. AMERICAN ICONS is generously sponsored by Just Folk.



New Mexico


Uncrated: Behind the Scenes with Curator Rob Sidner - NM from Mingei International Museum on Vimeo.


Uncrated: Behind the Scenes with Curator Rob Sidner - KY from Mingei International Museum on Vimeo.


Uncrated: Behind the Scenes with Curator Rob Sidner from Mingei International Museum on Vimeo.

New York

Uncrated: Behind the Scenes with Curator Rob Sidner - NY from Mingei International Museum on Vimeo.


On View: Sep 19, 2015 - Feb 21, 2016

Curator: Rob Sidner

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