CraftPerspectives: Vicki Halper

October 29, 2009

The Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art presents a free public lecture featuring Vicki Halper, 6 p.m. Tuesday, November 3 in the College’s Swigert Commons, part of its “CraftPerspectives”: series.

A lecturer during the Museum of Contemporary Craft’s 2008 exhibition _Glass_, Vicki Halper returns to provide context to the historical shifts examined in the exhibition, _The Academy is Full of Craft_. In this presentation, Halper reads from the new book _Choosing Craft: The Artist’s Viewpoint_ (The University of North Carolina Press, 2009), co-edited by Halper and Diane Douglas. This anthology recounts American craft’s role within visual culture and history through journal entries, lectures and other reports by leaders in the field. A social history, _Choosing Craft_ provides a vital resource for those seeking a better understanding of contemporary craft’s major concepts, themes and movements through the lens of those who lived it.

Vicki Halper is an independent curator and writer specializing in modern art of the Pacific Northwest and American craft. She is a former associate curator of modern art at the Seattle Art Museum and recent James Renwick Senior Fellow of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.