ALL THINGS CONSIDERED VI:
NATIONAL BASKETRY ORGANIZATION BIENNIAL JURIED EXHIBITION
Fuller Craft Museum, New England’s home for contemporary craft, presents All Things Considered VI: National Basketry Organization Biennial Juried Exhibition, July 30—Dec. 11, 2011.
The exhibition takes place as the National Basketry Organization (NBO) holds its biennial conference at Stonehill College in Easton, Mass in early August. The show features 32 pieces by invited artists and 16 pieces by NBO instructors in addition to the 37 juried works selected by the exhibition jurors. Featuring both contemporary and traditional methods, All Things Considered VI represents the current pulse of the field of basketry, providing an incredible survey of the methods, materials and intents of contemporary basket makers.
The show was curated by Ann McMullen, Curator and Head of Collections Research and Documentation at the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution; and Bruce Pepich, Executive Director and Curator of Collections for the Racine Art Museum. With the assistance of McMullen, this show includes the largest number of Native American baskets of any NBO exhibition to date.
Pepich brought a savvy eye with his selections of contemporary basketmakers, many of whom are represented in the collection of the RAM, which has the largest collection of contemporary basketry in the United States. Basketry is a time-honored craft, but within it, there are an unending number of distinct historical and cultural traditions. Even when basketmakers work within these traditions, some of the most exciting works are born when artists experiment with new materials, techniques, or forms and create something that stretches the boundaries.
Fuller Craft will celebrate the opening of All Things Considered VI, with a public reception August 7 at 2 p.m. at the Museum. The reception is free for members and free with museum admission for all others.
Exhibiting artists include:
Eric Otter Bacon
Dorothy Gill Barnes
David S. Chambers
Renee Wasson Dillard
Pat Courtney Gold
Jan W. Henry
Nancy Ravenhall Johnson
Terrol Dew Johnson
C. A. Michel
Elizabeth Whyte Schulze
Polly Adams Sutton
Mary W. Thompson
Jo-Ann Van Reeuwyk
Diane Douglas Willard
Full Color Catalog for All Things Considered VI will be available for sale at the NBO Store
Cover image Dorothy McGuinness, Citrus
Photo credit: Ken Rowe
Terrol Dew Johnson, Tohono O’odham - Sells, Arizona - Bronze Basket
Photo Credit: Terrol Johnson
Dona Look - Algoma, Wisconsin - Basket #10-4
Photo credit: Tom Van Eynde, Courtesy of Perimeter Gallery
Michael Davis-Brasstown, North Carolina - A Sybaratic Stance II
Photo credit: Rand & Rawson