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Ceramic Presence: Conversations on Making, Looking, and the Museum

November 12–13, 2015

This two-day symposium gathers artists, curators, collectors, and others for a series of conversations about the role of ceramics within the wider realm of art in the late twentieth century. Exhibiting artists Robert Hudson, John Mason, Jim Melchert, and Ron Nagle join former Ferus Gallery owner Irving Blum and others to discuss questions of artistic exchange, the expanding art world of the 1950s and 1960s, and the modes of expression using clay that emerged at that time and later. Sessions with curators in the accompanying exhibition The Ceramic Presence in Modern Art: Selections from the Linda Leonard Schlenger Collection and the Yale University Art Gallery consider works by Kenneth Price, Lucie Rie, Toshiko Takaezu, Peter Voulkos, and others in relation to works by artists such as Philip Guston, Joan Mitchell, Martin Puryear, and Mark Rothko. Mid-career artists Alison Britton, Annabeth Rosen, and Arlene Shechet also join to discuss the changing landscape of contemporary art. The symposium also considers the role of museums, publications, and artists in shaping the discourse around ceramics from this period.

Symposium generously sponsored by the Friends of Contemporary Ceramics.

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