COMMONLY UNCOMMON: Selections from the Museum of Contemporary Craft Collection

November 01, 2022

COMMONLY UNCOMMON: Selections from the Museum of Contemporary Craft Collection

Co-curated by Hannah Bakken Morris, Sara Huston and Abby McGehee  

Public Reception: Thursday, November 3 - 5-8pm Film Viewing of Handmade Nation: Thursday, November 10 at 5pm, PNCA Mediatheque Panel Discussion: Thursday, November 17 at 6:30pm, PNCA Lemelson Innovation Studio Dates: November 3rd - December 10th Location: Center for Contemporary Art & Culture Gallery, 511 NW Broadway, Portland, OR Gallery Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm  

The Museum of Contemporary Craft served as a vital nexus for the consideration of art, craft and design in Portland from its founding in 1937 to its dissolution in 2016. The permanent collection and the institutional archives, under the stewardship of PNCA and Willamette University, remain important resources for these continued and ever-shifting conversations. This exhibition presents objects that illuminate issues of function, use, the nature of labor, and methods of production. Viewers can engage with both objects and archives to understand the way in which they inform one another as well as the multiple ways makers, curators and audiences appreciate and define an institution and its place in a regional artistic ecology.

A complimentary panel discussion about the collection, craft, and community-building will take place on Thursday, November 17, 2022 from 6:30-8pm at the Lemelson Design and Innovation Studio on the 1st Floor of PNCA.  This discussion will be moderated by Namita Gupta Wiggers (past Curator for the Museum of Contemporary Craft) and will include exhibiting artists Hilary Pfiefer, Joe Feddersen, Charissa Brock and other exhibiting artists. This event is open to the public, free of charge.

Additionally, please join us a week earlier to attend a screening of Handmade Nation: The Rise of D.I.Y. Craft, Art and Design, a film made by exhibiting artist Faythe Levine, in the PNCA Mediatheque on Thursday, November 10th at 5pm. This film is the culmination of nationwide research and interviews for which its archive will be displayed in the Dane Nelson and Ed Cauduro Collection Studies Lab at PNCA, as part of the Commonly Uncommon exhibition. This event is open to the public, free of charge. This event is open to the public, free of charge. 

 For more information about this event visit the PNCA EVENT PAGE