Welcome back to our first NewsFile of 2018. NewsFile is our weekly round-up of newsy tidbits and happening from the across the world of contemporary ceramic art and contemporary ceramics. We launch 2018 with a forward thinking conference to explore the future of craft and its place in academia.
The Center for Craft’s Shared Ground Symposium
Bard Graduate Center, the Center for Craft, and the Museum of Arts and Design have issued a call for papers for the forthcoming 2018 Shared Ground: Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Craft Studies symposium (New York, September 20 – September 22, 2018), which will explore cross-disciplinary approaches to craft studies, with an eye towards intersecting and divergent theories, methodologies, and approaches in this emerging area of study.
The “material-turn” in the humanities has brought increased attention to the study of craft in art and design history, decorative arts and material culture studies, as well as other disciplines, such as anthropology and science and technology studies. Institutions are combining academic traditions of the humanities and social sciences with “learning by doing” pedagogy and the influence of global studies has led scholars to research, understand, and contextualize craft outside of the studio craft or the arts and craft movements. Beyond the humanities and social sciences, fields ranging from architecture and urban planning to engineering and computer science have begun to explore the craft-like nature and implications of their research and professional practice.
Submit your work here.
Detroit’s David Stott Building to Reopen in 2018!
Detroit’s historic David Stott Building is scheduled to reopen this year after a nearly three-year-long restoration. First completed in 1929 by the architectural firm of Donaldson and Meier, the art deco style skyscraper had fallen into disarray following a swath of negligent owners.
The building rises from a reddish granite base and incorporates buff-colored brick, marble, and limestone as its surface materials. As with many of the other Detroit buildings of the era, it boasts architectural sculpture by Corrado Parducci.
Read more about the restoration here.
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