We are pleased to announce that as of September 1, 2020, Fuller Craft Museum has returned to regular admission hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Our admission fee will still be optional for all guests, with a suggested donation of $12. We are grateful for your support of Fuller Craft. We look forward to seeing you at the Museum!
A Summary of Current and Upcoming Exhibitions as of September 1 2020
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Tending the Fires: Recent Acquisitions in Clay
August 17, 2019 – March 14, 2021
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, Clarie Curneen, 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.
Elliott Kayser: Year of the Pig
January 15, 2020 – January 2022
In 2019, the City of Boston presented Elliott Kayser’s Year of the Pig on the Rose Kennedy Greenway to celebrate the Chinese Zodiac Year of the Pig. The public art installation consisted of eight ceramic swine hidden along the length of The Greenway, leading pedestrians on a treasure hunt towards Chinatown. With the sculptures, Kayser hopes to reconnect people to a shared agricultural heritage and promote sustained environmental, economic, and community health. The Fuller Craft installation exhibits six of the original eight pigs, bringing them together in a new home.
Stephanie Cole: Secular Cathedral
January 25, 2020 – January 10, 2021
D. Tarlow Gallery
Stephanie Cole: Secular Cathedral offers an intimate view into an artist’s life through richly detailed, found object constructions. Working in a range of media—mosaic, stained glass, wood, fiber—Cole, 75, creates autobiographical artworks that are joyful and exuberant, yet poignant and introspective. The forms come alive with layers of deeply personal items collected by Cole over seven decades. From the minute to the monumental, these affecting bits and pieces symbolize the many phases of Cole’s life and the complex arc of her spiritual journey. Themes explored include family, the Earth, special milestones, identity, grief and love.
James Grashow: The Great Monkey Project
February 15, 2020 – January 31, 2021
Imagine a riotous mob of monkeys, gleefully taking up residence above your heads. That’s just what you’ll find at Fuller Craft Museum’s exhibition The Great Monkey Project. Created by Connecticut artist James Grashow, this site-specific installation includes eighty life-size monkeys made entirely out or cardboard. The artist transforms the gallery into a whimsical theatre of simian forms as he elevates a throw-away material into the best kind of monkey business.
2020 Biennial Members Exhibition
February 8 – November 8, 2020
The 2020 Biennial Members Exhibition celebrates the diversity of talents in the museum’s membership base. This biennial exhibition is an important opportunity for artists at all stages in their careers to exhibit their work to the Fuller Craft Museum community. Artists both inside and outside of New England have participated in the past, showcasing stunning works of ceramics, glassware, furniture, textiles, basketry, woodturning, jewelry, and other craft-based media. In the past, the opening reception for this exhibition has been particularly successful at bringing together communities of artists who are vital to the Fuller Craft Museum mission.
Serious Bling: Radical Jewelry Makeover – The Artist Project
February 15 – November 22, 2020
Radical Jewelry Makeover (RJM) is a global recycling project that spotlights gold mining’s devastating impacts and the criticality of sustainable jewelry making practices. Serious Bling presents adornments by The Artists Project, an RJM offshoot that provides opportunities for professional artists to engage with RJM by creating a series of work using donated jewelry. Through their participation, featured artists encourage honest conversations about the difficulties facing jewelers who strive for ethical studio practices that curtail damage to the environment and human health.
Shelter, Place, Social, Distance: Contemporary Dialogues from the Permanent Collection
August 1 – November 22, 2020
Stone and Barstow Galleries
This timely exhibition features objects from Fuller Craft Museum’s permanent collection that reflect ongoing cultural themes amplified by the COVID-19 health crisis. Using the pandemic phraseology as a conceptual springboard, the exhibition explores universal subjects of home, placemaking, community, and isolation. The artworks, created at different times during the museum’s history, offer fresh perspectives on current times, bringing the past in dialogue with the present. Shelter, Place, Social, Distance represents the full range of craft media, including wood, metal, clay, fiber, and glass.
From Where I Sit: Permanent Collection Seating
September 19, 2020 – February 21, 2021
M. Tarlow Gallery
Seating furniture takes many shapes and forms, yet the core purpose remains the same: to support the body in a sitting pose. From Where I Sit: Permanent Collection Seating features over twenty examples of seating—chairs, benches, and one stool—all from Fuller Craft Museum’s permanent collection. Collected over a thirty-year span, the works emphasize craftsmanship, ingenuity, and the profound expressive potential of the humble seat. Exhibiting artists include Sam Maloof, Garry Knox Bennett, Vivian Beer, Tom Loeser, Kristina Madsen, and others.
Makers and Mentors: The Art and Life of Snow Farm—The New England Craft School
November 28, 2020 – July 4, 2021
This exhibition celebrates the impact of Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program (a nonprofit residential craft program in Williamsburg, MA) on the field of contemporary craft. Makers and Mentors: The Art and Life of Snow Farm—The New England Craft School will highlight the work of multiple generations of artists who have been part of Snow Farm, including teachers who have influenced those in the studios as well as makers whom the organization has greatly impacted. The historical development of Snow Farm also will be highlighted, educating museum visitors about the institution and how it has been a pioneering force in the realm of studio craft.
Particle & Wave: PaperClay Illuminated
December 19, 2020 – May 30, 2021
Stone and Barstow Galleries
Particle & Wave: PaperClay Illuminated is a groundbreaking exhibition featuring 45 artists from across the globe who are redefining the potential of the ceramic arts and representing a commitment to their craft. Paper clay, sometimes referred to as fiber clay, is any clay body to which processed cellulose fiber (paper being the most common) has been added. This traveling exhibit provides historical information about the evolution of paper clay as an artistic medium as well as showcases the amazing diversity of form and expression that exists in today’s growing global community of paper clay artists.
American Clay: Modern Potters, Traditional Pots
January 30 – April 25, 2021
D. Tarlow Gallery
American Clay: Modern Potters, Traditional Pots examines the practice of historical ceramics in a contemporary context through the work of several artists intimately inspired by traditional styles. Objects on display will explore such issues as the interplay between historical fidelity and personal inspiration, evolving definitions of “tradition bearers,” and the influence of technical, economic, and educational forces on conventional approaches in clay. Curated by Redware potter Stephen Earp, American Clay features contemporary work inspired by such practices as Redware, Delft and Maiolica, Mocha and early industrial, Rockingham, and Art Nouveau.
Michelle Samour: Mapping Borders and Boundaries
February 13 – November 28, 2021
Mapping Borders and Boundaries is a series of works by Michelle Samour that appeals to the artist’s ancestral past as a means of further engaging in the politico-geographic concepts of homeland, exile, and diaspora. Through cartographical repetition and reflection, Samour maps the historical (dis)possession of Palestine, ultimately decimating borders, boundaries, and territorial constructs into geometric abstraction. The work critically investigates the meaning of shape/land/form within the guise of traditional Palestinian craft, including the vibrant colors of textiles and opulent Mother-of-Pearl carving.
Tamara Kostianovsky: Savage Legacy
March 13 – August 22, 2021
M. Tarlow Gallery
In this mid-career survey, Latinx artist Tamara Kostianovsky presents Savage Legacy, an exhibition that closely examines the relationship between the landscape, the body, and violence, with sculptural forms that transform slaughtering practices into values that embrace regeneration, sustainability, and rebirth. The exhibition includes Kostianovsky’s signature textile “meat” sculptures made with the artist’s own clothing, sculptures of birds composed of discarded upholstery fabrics, and recent forms that reference tree stumps and severed tree limbs. Savage Legacy reimagines the future of the landscape through an immersive environment composed of the remnants of consumer culture.
Another Crossing: Artists Revisit the Mayflower Voyage
July 3 – October 10, 2021
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).