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Caucus Afternoon of Learning
Sunday, June 04, 2017, 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM EDT

Caucus Day Afternoon of Learning

June 4, 2017 | 2:30 - 4:30 pm

Caucus members are invited to join us for an Afternoon of Learning at the private residence of art collectors Sharon and Robert Buchanan. Guest Speakers include Robyn Kennedy, Chief of the Renwick Gallery and Abraham Thomas, The Fleur and Charles Bresler Curator-in-Charge. 

$30 per person


OBJECTS: USA - Then and Now
As we approach the 50th anniversary of this landmark exhibition which established a new platform for discussion of American craft, it seems an opportune time to consider what an OBJECTS:USA exhibition might look like today. The exhibition premiered in October 1969 at the Smithsonian’s National  Collection of Fine Arts (today’s Smithsonian American Art Museum), went on a national and international tour for the next few years, and came back full circle to plant the seed for the creation of the Renwick Gallery. At the time, the exhibition posed important questions about the definitions of studio craft, and its relationship to the art world – and today the craft world continues to challenge assumptions about definitions of skill, labor, the “handmade”, the role of the digital in the creative process, and so on – with a new generation of makers who blur the lines between craft, fine art, sculpture, design, architecture and other disciplines - all of which place “making” at the heart of their creative thinking.
At the Renwick, we are thinking about our future collecting strategies and exhibitions program, and the imminent 50th anniversary of OBJECTS: USA offers a special moment to commemorate a groundbreaking period for American craft. We can use this opportunity to examine key gaps in our collection representing that “Greatest Generation” of makers, while also thinking about the critical questions the exhibition asked of makers and audiences in 1969, and what would those questions and challenges be if asked in 2019? Using these new questions, how can we identify candidates from the current generations of makers who are similarly pushing the boundaries of craft as we know it?