By Michael O’Sullivan
Friday, July 20, 2012
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Renwick Gallery, the Smithsonian Institution’s showcase of fine crafts, the museum is looking forward, not backward. “40 Under 40: Craft Futures” spotlights the work of 40 young craft artists. Their sometimes boundary-pushing interpretations of glass, fiber, ceramic, wood and other materials challenge the traditional process-oriented notion of the craft medium by incorporating performance, interactivity and politics.
On the show’s opening day at noon, curator Nicholas R. Bell will present a free lecture, which will be followed by an open house with exhibiting artists. On Aug. 4 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the museum will host a free family day, with hands-on craft projects inspired by work in the show.