Another Crossing: Artists Revisit the Mayflower Voyage
May 2, 2020 - September 20, 2020
Fuller Craft Museum presents Another Crossing: Artists Revisit the Mayflower Voyage, an exhibition recognizing the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower crossing and its significance to American and world history.
Developed in partnership with Fuller Craft Museum, Plymouth College of Art, and The Box (previously referred to as the Plymouth History Centre in Plymouth, England), Another Crossing brings together ten artists from the United States and Europe for a global, cross-cultural effort that examines a pivotal event in world history.
In 2018, guest curator Glenn Adamson selected ten artists to participate in the project with the charge that only 17th century technology and processes be used in the creation of the objects. To fuel and inspire the work development, the artists and project partners will participate in two research trips—the first to Plymouth, England in March 2019, followed by Plymouth, Massachusetts in April 2019. These immersive experiences will create a sense of communion amongst the artists while providing important scholarly and technical information to inform the development of the work.
These resulting artworks will illustrate exceptional technical skill, while also speaking to the social realities behind the material culture, and the examination of the Mayflower crossing through a contemporary lens. For some, the Mayflower voyage and subsequent settlement of Plymouth Colony is a treasured historical event, while for others, the colonization and treatment of the Wampanoag peoples illustrate imperialism and cultural ruin. Through Another Crossing, the artists will respond to this complex part of our history and its impact on our culture over the last four centuries.
Another Crossing: Artists Revisit the Mayflower Voyage is offered in conjunction with the initiatives of Plymouth 400 (https://plymouth400inc.org/), a nonprofit organization created to highlight the cultural impact of this 400-year anniversary through exhibitions, programming, and other relevant events.
The following artists are featured in Another Crossing (in alphabetical order):
Annette Bellamy, United States
Artist and commercial fisher, Bellamy is based in Halibut Cove, Alaska. She works with clay and fish skin to create large-scale sculptural forms based on her time on the water.
Sonya Clark, United States
Clark is deeply engaged in African American history and culture, and uses a mix of installation art and textiles in her practice. She is well known for her Hair Craft project and her work “Unraveling,” in which she invites visitors to join her in unpicking a Confederate flag thread by thread.
David Clarke, United Kingdom
The leading conceptual metalsmith in the U.K., Clarke is known particularly for postmodern recombination of existing historic objects. He has also done interesting series of sculptural works in which metal work is exposed to salt, sugar, and other substances. Clarke works in pewter, a key material for everyday use in the 17th century.
Michelle Erickson, United States
Erickson is a skilled ceramist who makes rigorous recreations of 17th and 18th century objects, sometimes ‘straight’ replicas, and sometimes using historic techniques with contemporary subject matter.
Jeffrey Gibson, United States
Part Choctaw and part Cherokee, artist Jeffrey Gibson is influenced by Native American traditions, urban iconography, and contemporary references. His multidisciplinary practice is deeply layered, often autobiographical in scope, and includes abstract sculpture, painting, printmaking, and beadwork.
Jasleen Kaur, United Kingdom
Kaur is a Scottish Indian artist whose multidisciplinary practice explores the malleability of culture and the layering of social histories within materials, objects, and daily routines. Based in London, Kaur was part of Jerwood Makers 2015, a biennial competition aimed promote the significance of making and materiality within the visual arts.
Christien Meindertsma, Netherlands
Christien is a high-profile Dutch designer with a particular engagement in textiles and issues of sustainability and skills preservation. With a strong emphasis on process, her artistic investigations thoroughly explore the life cycle of products and the implications on raw materials. christienmeindertsma.com
Jonathan James Perry, Native American, United States
Perry is a practitioner of various Wampanoag craft and art techniques, particularly in the areas of stone and wood carving. Much of his work deals with the imagery and experience of the ocean. He is also a reputable speaker and performer.
Katie Schwab, United Kingdom
Schwab is a young and intuitive sculptor who is skilled in several disciplines, including ceramics, woodwork, and textiles. Schwab interweaves personal, social, and craft-based histories, often probing maligned and overlooked traditions of making.
Allison Smith, United States
Smith is a performance artist and sculptor whose cross-temporal hybridization practice is embedded in early American history. An intelligent and articulate speaker, Smith is head of sculpture at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.
About Glenn Adamson
Glenn Adamson is a historian, curator, and author whose research concentrates on the developments of material culture, modern design, craft, and contemporary art practice. The former Director of the Museum of Arts and Design (New York), Head of Research at the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), and Curator at the Chipstone Foundation (Milwaukee), Adamson is currently the Senior Scholar at the Yale Center for British Art, Editor of the Journal of Modern Craft, and Editor-at-Large for The Magazine Antiques.
Adamson received his B.A. in the History of Art from Cornell University and PhD in Art History from Yale University. He has curated numerous exhibitions both nationally and internationally, and is the author of numerous articles and publications, including the recent Fewer Better Things: The Hidden Wisdom of Objects (Bloomsbury, 2018) and The Invention of Craft (Bloomsbury, 2013).
Another Crossing would not be possible without the generous sponsorship of the Joan Pearson Watkins Trust, Princess Yachts, Caroline R. Graboys Fund, and Jonathan Leo Fairbanks Exhibition Fund. We also thank our Program Sponsors: Plymouth Center for the Arts, Plymouth 400th, Pilgrim Hall Museum, and Plymouth Antiquarian Society. Furthermore, Fuller Craft Museum would like to thank its project partners the Plymouth College of Art and The Box for all of their efforts and collaborative spirit in developing Another Crossing: Artists Revisit the Mayflower Voyage.