Elissa Auther Lecture

March 16, 2011

Museum of Contemporary Craft and the MFA in Applied Craft and Design host Elissa Auther for a joint CraftPerspectives/Visiting Artist Lecture titled “Fiber Over Time: From the Sixties to Now” providing insight into Laurie Herrick: Weaving Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, which opens the same day.

Drawing on her recently published String, Felt, Thread: The Hierarchy of Art and Craft in American Art, Elissa Auther will discuss how Laurie Herrick’s weavings fit in historically with the decades in which they were made.

Auther is the founder of Feminism & Co.: Art, Sex, Politics, a program at the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, that explores feminist social, political and artistic issues through creative forms of pedagogy. She is an associate professor of contemporary art in the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Her book, String, Felt, Thread: The Hierarchy of Art and Craft in American Art (University of Minnesota Press, 2009), examines the innovative use of fiber in American art and the impact of its elevation on the conceptual boundaries distinguishing “art” from “craft” in the post-war era.

Presented by ZGF Architects LLP

Supported by PNCA+FIVE (Ford Institute for Visual Education)

The MFA in Applied Craft and Design is offered jointly through Pacific Northwest College of Art and Oregon College of Art and Craft.