CraftPerspectives Lecture: Glenn Adamson

Craft in the 21st Century: Directions and Displacements

Glenn Adamson is one of the most dynamic theorists currently considering craft. A leading force in the development of an academic framework for craft, he is hailed by writer and historian Garth Clark as “one of craft’s fresh, young, nontraditional voices.” Adamson dispenses with clichéd approaches to craft theory, posing such questions as: “Is craft truly a subcategory of art, or rather its antithesis, challenging art’s most fundamental values?” “Why is craft perceived as subservient to art?” “Could craft’s orphaned status actually be its great strength?” Framing his discussion broadly throughout contemporary aesthetic culture, Adamson provides ripe context for a range of visual practitioners – including fine artists, designers, architects, historians and indie crafters.

Co-presented by School of Architecture and Allied Arts, University of Oregon

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