Current and Upcoming Exhibitions (as of May 2019)
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Mano-Made: New Expression in Craft by Latino Artists
December 15, 2018 – September 8, 2019
M. Tarlow Gallery
This exhibition features the work of three individual artists—Jaime Guerrero, Gerardo Monterrubio, and Consuelo Jimenez Underwood—who use craft media to articulate messages about American culture, personal experiences, Latino identity, and the ever-mutating socio-political tensions that exist between Mexico and Southern California as a whole. Mano-Made originally made its debut at Los Angeles’s Craft in America Center as three consecutive solo exhibitions by the Mexican-Californian craft pioneers. Fuller Craft Museum’s presentation exhibits all three artists together for the first time. Mano-Made was curated by Emily Zaiden, Craft in America Center Director in conjunction with the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative.
Elizabeth Potenza: “Look up,” she said, “there is more color than you ever imagined.”
January 12 – November 21, 2019
“Look up,” she said, “there is more color than you ever imagined” is an installation of three formations of clear textured glass domes that refract shifting illuminations of color, programmed to slowly shift through an array of tones reminiscent of clouds moving through a blue sky. Every so often an interruption of bright colors ricochets through the matrix of domes, disrupting the meditative pace of the work and infusing it with the excitement of the unexpected.
Fertile Ground: Hilltown 6 and the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail
April 13 – June 30, 2019
Fertile Ground: Hilltown 6 and the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail features work from the principle potters of the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail and Hilltown 6, two groups of renowned ceramic artists working in Western Massachusetts. This region of the Bay State is rich in agricultural history and cultural vitality, with longstanding connections between pottery, food, and community that inform the ceramic practice of the represented artists.
Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America
May 18 – August 11, 2019
Stone and Barstow Galleries
Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in America is a traveling exhibition organized by the National Basketry Organization in partnership with the University of Missouri to visually chronicle the history of American basketry— from its origins in Native American, immigrant, and slave communities, to its presence within the contemporary fine art world. Divided into five sections—Cultural Origins, New Basketry, Living Traditions, Basket as Vessel, and Beyond the Basket—the baskets in this exhibition convey meaning and interpret American life through the artists’ choices of materials; the techniques and forms they select; and the colors, designs, patterns, and textures they employ.
Maine Crafts Association: Ten Years of Master Craft Artists
June 8 – October 27, 2019
D. Tarlow Gallery
Fuller Craft Museum is pleased to partner with the Maine Crafts Association to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its Master Craft Artist award. This prestigious honor is bestowed upon select Maine craft artists each year in recognition of an exceptional body of work. Presenting a wide range of media, the exhibition features all 16 Artist Award winners, including Patricia Daunis-Dunning, David Wolfe, Christian Becksvoort, J. Fred Woell, Lissa Hunter, Katharine Cobey, Jacques Vesery, Lynn Duryea, Theresa Secord, Sharon Townsend, Sam Shaw, Rebecca Goodale, Elizabeth Busch, Anna Hepler, Steve Cayard, and Paul Heroux.
Take it Outside: Works from the Boston Sculptors Gallery
June 8 – October 27, 2019
Fuller Craft Museum Grounds
Just as Fuller Craft Museum was founded as an arts institution for southeastern Massachusetts, the Boston Sculptors Gallery was established to fill the void for New England sculptors to showcase their work to audiences of downtown Boston. In the juried exhibition, Take it Outside, current artists represented by BSG showcase their exquisite works of ceramic, metal, stone, and other media throughout Fuller Craft Museum’s exterior spaces and outdoor surroundings.
Brockton Youth Creates Biennial
July 20 – October 6, 2019
Brockton Youth Creates Biennial shines a light on the work of art students within the Brockton Public School system. Showcasing a selection of work from children in grades 6 – 12, the project also honors the efforts of the dedicated arts educators and school administrators whose tireless efforts have made these vibrant and meaningful expressions possible.
Tending the Fires: Recent Acquisitions in Clay
August 17, 2019 – Ongoing
Lampos Gallery Tending the Fires: Recent Acquisitions in Clay presents recent additions to Fuller Craft’s ceramic collection. Exhibited works represent a range of processes and conceptual approaches in clay, from Cheryl Ann Thomas’s slumped, coiled sculpture to Jun Kaneko’s painterly “dango” to Steven Young Lee’s deconstructed pot. Figuration also comes into play, with strong examples by Patti Warashina, Akio Takamori, and Tip Toland. Fuller Craft Museum is proud to shine a light on the clay triumphs of these renowned ceramicists while proudly displaying the institution’s recent collecting achievements.
Striking Gold: Fuller at Fifty
September 7, 2019 – April 5, 2020
Stone and Barstow Galleries
In honor of its esteemed fifty-year history, Fuller Craft presents the exhibition Striking Gold: Fuller at Fifty. This invitational exhibition marks the institution’s “golden anniversary” by exploring the storied traditions, modern interpretations, and conceptual rigor of gold as an artistic material. Among the exhibition themes to be explored are avarice, vanity, power, consumption, ecology, divinity, cultural measures, alchemy, artifice, and transformation. Exhibited works will include craft media as well as fine art mediums to reflect Fuller Craft’s dual histories as both a fine art and craft museum. Curated by Fuller Craft Chief Curator Beth McLaughlin and art historian Suzanne Ramljak. Among the exhibition themes to be explored are avarice, vanity, consumption, environmental consequences, power, divinity, cultural and social measures, alchemy, artifice, transformation, and the body. Exhibited works will include craft media as well as fine art mediums to fully reflect Fuller Craft’s dual histories as both a fine art institution and a craft museum.
Human Impact: Stories of the Opioid Epidemic
September 28, 2019 – May 3, 2020
M. Tarlow Gallery
Artistic expression has long been an effective vehicle to explore critical societal issues and engage communities. Human Impact: Stories of the Opioid Epidemic aims to broaden awareness of the opioid epidemic and its ruinous effect, while offering messages of hope, resiliency, and recovery. Eleven artists working in a range of media were selected to participate in the immersive project by creating new works inspired by conversations with those deeply impacted by the substance use crisis.
Social Justice Sewing Academy
October 19, 2019 – January 19, 2020
Based out of Antioch, California—and founded in 2017—the Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA) is a youth education program that promotes creative expression and social justice dialogue through the means of textile art. Quilts from SJSA have been showcased in exhibitions across the United States, and Fuller Craft Museum is proud to host a selection of these magnificent works, quilts of both aesthetic fascination and powerful content—reflecting on an even larger scale the recent rise of craftivism and the current state of fiber art in the U.S.
Another Crossing: Artists Revisit the Mayflower Voyage
May 2 – August 30, 2020
Stone, Barstow, and Keith Galleries
Another Crossing: Artists Revisit the Mayflower Voyage is an international exhibition recognizing the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower crossing and its significance to American and world history. The project brings together ten artists from the United States and Europe with the challenge to use only seventeenth century technology and processes in their works. The global, cross-cultural effort includes two research trips—one to Plymouth, England and the other to Plymouth, Massachusetts—to inform the artworks’ production. Curated by craft scholar Glenn Adamson, Another Crossing is organized in partnership with the U.K.’s Plymouth College of Art and The Box (formerly the Plymouth History Centre).