Welcome to NewsFile, our bi-weekly round-up of the latest news and happenings from the world of contemporary ceramic art and contemporary ceramics. We launch this edition with a tour stop for Garth Clark’s lecture ‘A Necessary Irritant.”
Garth Clark to Speak in Akron, Ohio
A Necessary Irritant, Garth Clark’s witty performance piece that traces his half century journey through modern and contemporary ceramics will be presented in Akron on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at the Folk Hall Auditorium, at the University of Akron, Myers School of Art, Thursday, 150 E. Exchange Street, Akron, OH. 5:30 pm with a reception at 6:00 pm. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Come on Clevelanders, and others in nearby cities, this is the tour’s only stop in the Ohio so car pool, cycle, share a bus, lease a jet, bring friends and students and enjoy a memorable night of Garth’s colorful narrative, from hilarious to poignant, with a lively multi-media, big-screen presentation.
He lets us in on working with Michael Cardew, Lucie Rie, Betty Woodman, Peter Voulkos and the young artists today who are reinventing the medium, from printed ceramic innovator Oliver van Herpt to Beth Stichter. Also there are some surprises in his supporting cast: Orson Welles, Jasper Johns, Judy Chicago, Isamu Noguchi, Sterling Ruby, Sir Anthony Caro, Theaster Gates, Ai Weiwei and others make cameo appearances. It’s a breathtaking sprint through 50 years of ceramic history.
In the past three months he has spoken to packed audiences in Australia, Britain, Canada and USA. After Akron Garth takes a break from the tour to attend to his writing and Cfile commitments. In 2019 he is back on the road to the East Coast and Europe. We will keep you apprised of his schedule.
And a closing note about the school, Folk Hall, home of the Myers School of Art, was once a Cadillac auto dealership, complete with spacious showrooms and service bays. Now completely remodeled, it is among the largest academic art facilities in the region.
#MeToo in Ceramics
It’s no surprise the #metoo movement would find ground in the world of contemporary ceramics and contemporary ceramic art. In a recent post on Instagram, @potsinaction accused male ceramic artist Eric Landon of abusing his position and power to make inappropriate sexual advances toward a female employee.
How do we make real change and a real movement? BELIEVE WOMEN when they have the courage to take the risk to tell their stories like Emalee Hudson @softearth.ceramics did when she posted her experience of alleged sexual harassment from Eric Landon, aka Tortus Copenhagen during her time working for him…
Citing “womanizers” Peter Voulkos and Paul Solder “who had institutional support and fostered a culture misogyny, harassment, and demeaning women’s experiences and their careers within education, @potsinaction sheds light on a long, systemic pattern within the field of ceramics further calling to action to “un-normalize” the subjugation and disenfranchisement of women artists.
You can see the original post here, where you can also find other allegations of sexual misconduct and misogyny.
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