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March 7, 2011

California College of the Arts presents Craft Forward

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)

The Craft Forward symposium takes place April 1, 2, and 3, 2011, at the Mission Bay Conference Center at the University of California, San Francisco. Craft Forward is sponsored by California College of the Arts.

Craft Forward examines the multifaceted practices that both distinguish and blur the historically charged edges between craft, art, design, architecture, and writing. The symposium brings together a diverse group of makers and thinkers to explore the ethos of craft and its resurgence in the 21st century.

Craft Forward capitalizes on what might be called the “third wave of craft.” Issues resurfacing as cutting-edge in the craft debate—corporeal sites of knowledge, alternative economies, sustainability and slow movements, diversity and identity politics, and production from the local to the global—have historical antecedents in both the Arts and Crafts movement and the 1960s Bay Area studio craft movement. California College of the Arts, with its contributions to these movements and its stellar lineage of pioneering artists working in the crafts, fine arts, design, and architecture, is uniquely situated to be at the forefront of these national and international debates.

Craft Forward addresses the growing number of constituencies interested in the creation of meaning through the nuances of materiality. The symposium fosters debates on issues of critical making within an expansive definition of craft between makers and scholars in a wide range of disciplines, including craft, art, design, architecture, activism, art history, anthropology, and science. Within this transdisciplinary framework, the goal of the symposium is to identify ways in which craft thinking navigates the territory bridging these disciplines and to envision the trajectory of craft practice in the future.

Also this spring at CCA…

2011 Graduate Open Studios
April 10, 2011, noon-5 p.m.
CCA San Francisco campus
1111 Eighth Street (at 16th and Wisconsin)

Join CCA’s graduate students in Architecture, Curatorial Practice, Design, Fine Arts, Visual and Critical Studies, and Writing as they open their studios to the public.

Generous support for the Craft Forward symposium is provided by an anonymous donor and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Additional support is provided by Grants for the Arts / San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund and by the Chalsty Aesthetics and Philosophy Initiative, made possible by a grant from the Chalsty Foundation. Special thanks to the American Craft Council for their partnership in the realization of the symposium.

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