Round Table Discussion “Tradition: What’s the Use?”
Wednesday, November 30 / 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Honolulu Museum of Art, Doris Duke Theater
with Jaimey Hamilton-Faris, professor of Critical Theory and Contemporary Art, UHM; Yamamoto Tarō, painter and professor of Fine Arts, Akita University of Art. (a part of concurrent exhibition IMAYŌ)
Thursday, December 1 / 3:00-4:15 pm
Room 101, ART Building
book sale + signing to follow lecture
(Books will be available for sale from the UH Bookstore)
“Production Values: Narratives of Making in Contemporary Art”
Today’s artists have an unprecedented level of choice with regard to materials and methods available to them, yet the processes involved in making artworks are rarely addressed in books or exhibitions on art.
In this lecture, preeminent craft theorist and historian Glenn Adamson will draw from his new book Art in the Making (co-authored with Julia Bryan-Wilson). He will share stories from contemporary art, which collectively demonstrate that the materials and methods used to make artworks hold the key to artists’ motivations, their attitudes to authorship, uniqueness and the value of objects, the economic and social contexts from which they emerge, and their approach to the perceived opposition between materiality and conceptualism in art.
Glenn Adamson is a curator and theorist who works across the fields of design, craft and contemporary art. He was until March 2016 the Director of the Museum of Arts and Design, New York. He has previously been Head of Research at the V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum – UK), and Curator at the Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee. His publications include Art in the Making (2016, co-authored with Julia Bryan Wilson); Invention of Craft (2013); Postmodernism: Style and Subversion (2011); The Craft Reader (2010); and Thinking Through Craft (2007).
• Introduction + Chapter 6 [Cashing In] from Art in the Making: Artists and their Materials from the Studio to Crowdsourcing 2016 (by Glenn Adamson and Julia Bryan-Wilson)
co-sponsored by Mark and Carolyn Blackburn