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Curatorial Walkthrough

MoCC Associate Curator Sarah Margolis-Pineo gives a curatorial walkthrough of "We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live" at Museum of Contemporary Craft. January 25, 2013.

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CraftPerspectives Panel: 2010 Hallie Ford Fellows

An evening exploring contemporary art practice in the state of Oregon with the 2010 Hallie Ford Fellowship recipients Daniel Duford, David Eckard, and Heidi Schwegler. February 19, 2013.

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CraftPerspectives Panel: 2011 Hallie Ford Fellows

An evening exploring contemporary art practice in the state of Oregon with the 2011 Hallie Ford Fellowship recipients Sang-ah Choi, Bruce Conkle, and Stephen Hayes. February 5, 2013.

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CraftPerspectives Panel: 2012 Hallie Ford Fellows

An evening exploring contemporary art practice in the state of Oregon with the 2012 Hallie Ford Fellowship recipients Ellen Lesperance, Akihiko Miyoshi, and Michelle Ross. February 12, 2013.

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Artist Interview: Daniel Duford

Cassandra Coblentz interviews sculptor, illustrator, and printmaker Daniel Duford in conjunction with the exhibition "We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live" at Museum of Contemporary Craft.

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Artist Interview: David Eckard

Cassandra Coblentz interviews visual artist David Eckard in conjunction with the exhibition "We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live" at Museum of Contemporary Craft.

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Artist Interview: Heidi Schwegler

Cassandra Coblentz interviews sculptor Heidi Schwegler in conjunction with the exhibition "We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live" at Museum of Contemporary Craft.

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Artist Interview: Sang-ah Choi

Cassandra Coblentz interviews painter Sang-ah Choi in conjunction with the exhibition "We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live" at Museum of Contemporary Craft.

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Artist Interview: Bruce Conkle

Cassandra Coblentz interviews sculptor Bruce Conkle in conjunction with the exhibition "We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live" at Museum of Contemporary Craft.

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Artist Interview: Stephen Hayes

Cassandra Coblentz interviews painter Stephen Hayes in conjunction with the exhibition "We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live" at Museum of Contemporary Craft.

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Artist Interview: Ellen Lesperance

Cassandra Coblentz interviews painter and knitter Ellen Lesperance in conjunction with the exhibition "We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live" at Museum of Contemporary Craft.

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Artist Interview: Akihiko Miyoshi

Cassandra Coblentz interviews photographer Akihiko Miyoshi in conjunction with the exhibition "We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live" at Museum of Contemporary Craft.

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Artist Interview: Michelle Ross

Cassandra Coblentz interviews painter Michelle Ross in conjunction with the exhibition "We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live" at Museum of Contemporary Craft.

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CraftPerspectives Lecture: Cassandra Coblentz

Join guest curator Cassandra Coblentz for an in-depth discussion about the curatorial process that required her to work closely with Oregon-based artists and Hallie Ford Fellowship recipients: Daniel Duford, David Eckard, and Heidi Schwegler (2010); Sang-ah Choi, Bruce Conkle, and Stephen Hayes (2011); and Ellen Lesperance, Akihiko Miyoshi, and Michelle Ross (2012).

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January 24, 2013 – April 27, 2013

Curated by: Cassandra Coblentz

Taking its title from a passage of writing in Joan Didion’s 1979 essay “The White Album,” Los Angeles-based guest curator Cassandra Coblentz employs Didion’s text as an evocative lens through which to view the diverse body of artwork produced by nine distinguished Oregon-based artists who have and continue to make remarkable contributions to the region’s cultural landscape. We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live explores how these contemporary artists embrace a cross-disciplinary approach to art making wherein the legacies of art, craft, and design merge in work that expands and explores the tactile, conceptual, imaginary, material, and critical potential of cultural production.

Each of the artists included in the exhibition is a recipient of the prestigious Hallie Ford Fellowship in the Visual Arts. Created to honor the late Mrs. Hallie Ford, co-founder of The Ford Family Foundation and life-long supporter of the visual arts, the fellowships support her belief that all people should have the opportunity to explore and realize their talents. Focused on mid-career artists who demonstrate a depth of practice and potential for significant future accomplishment, the exhibition features the work of Daniel Duford, David Eckard, and Heidi Schwegler (2010); Sang-ah Choi, Bruce Conkle, and Stephen Hayes (2011); Ellen Lesperance, Akihiko Miyoshi, and Michelle Ross (2012); Mike Bray, Cythia Lahti, and D.E. May (2013).

PUBLICATION

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We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live

$25 + S&H. Softcover; 80 pages; full color; 9.5 × 7.5 inches. Available for purchase in The Gallery Store at Museum of Contemporary Craft or online. Order now.

Download the 20-page exhibition checklist, including photos of the exhibition and texts about each artist.

 

LOCATION

Museum of Contemporary Craft: Upper and Lower Galleries

This exhibition will travel throughout the western United States in 2013 and 2014 to venues including:

  • Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon (Eugene, OR)

  • Sheppard Contemporary, University of Nevada (Reno, NV)

  • Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery, Weber State University (Ogden, UT)

  • Pendleton Center for the Arts (Pendleton, OR)

EXHIBITION SPONSORS:

Mary and Brot Bishop
John and Suzanne Bishop
Ed Cauduro Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation
Maribeth Collins
Bill and Linda Nicholson
Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust
Nani Warren