Craft NOW in Philadelphia

Fluid Boundaries Symposium

Moore College of Art & Design

Graham Auditorium
20th and the Parkway, Philadelphia
Friday, November 10, 2017

Lunch – RSVP Now Closed
Symposium/Keynote Only – RSVP Recommended for Large Groups
This event is free and open to the public.
Can’t join us? Watch the Keynote LIVE at 5 pm here!

Sponsored by Freeman’s Auction

12:00 – Roundtable Luncheon
Join us to meet symposium lecturers and network with fellow artists, curators, educators and collectors. Seating for lunch is no longer available. Questions regarding reserved seating can be sent to [email protected]

1:00 – Opening Remarks by CraftNOW Philadelphia

1:15 – Why Philadelphia NOW?
Elisabeth Agro, Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Curator of American Modern and Contemporary Crafts and Decorative Arts, invites makers and doers from Philadelphia’s craft community to discuss the city’s role in supporting their practice and endeavors.

2:15 – Cloth, Natural Colors, and Contemporary Art
Sophie Sanders with The Fabric Workshop and Museum presents the artist-in-residence projects and community programs with local Philadelphia schools that have involved natural dyes – Kazumi Tanaka and Southwark School respectively.

3:00 – Honoring Nicholas Kripal
Jennifer Zwilling, The Clay Studio’s Curator of Artistic Programs, pays tribute to the late artist with a panel of colleagues witness to Kripal’s devotion to craft and education.

3:45 – Intermission

4:00 – Criss Cross: Robyn Horn and Brian Dickerson
The Center for Art in Wood’s Guest Curator Miriam Seidel and exhibiting artists – Robyn Horn and Brian Dickerson – enter an artistic conversation mirroring and illuminating aspects of each other’s practice.

5:00 – Keynote Speaker Abraham Thomas
Abraham Thomas gives his debut lecture in Philadelphia since becoming The Fleur and Charles Bresler Curator-in-Charge of the Renwick Gallery in Washington D.C. which forms part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

6:30 – Gallery Reception and Performance
The symposium closes with a cocktail reception and special performance by participating artists in Body Works on exhibit at The Galleries at Moore.

Artists and collaborators Chris Powell and Mary Smull team up to present the LOOMSTRUMENT – a hybrid loom and music synthesizer that fuses textile and sonic design through performance. Creating a fresh new ability to weave sound, these collaborators improvise and react to each other, weaving a unique hybrid visual sound piece unlike any other.

Symposium Sponsors

Our 2017 symposium has been made possible through the generosity of Freeman’s Auction and The Galleries at Moore.

Contact CraftNOW

Leila Cartier, Executive Director
[email protected]

Image credit: Keynote speaker Abraham Thomas by Pepe Gomez.