Programs

Upcoming Programs

CraftPerspectives Series

The CraftPerspectives Series provides a forum for today’s leading artists, designers, scholars and curators to share their knowledge and pose important questions on issues in contemporary craft. 
Events range from Garth Clark’s standing room only lecture
 How Envy Killed the Crafts Movement to conversations that engage the DIY community.

The program also includes Craft Conversations, a series of talks that are closely aligned with the Museum’s exhibitions and involve curators and artists in a more intimate and direct dialogue with the Museum audience. The CraftPerspectives Series provides both a vantage on craft in the 21st Century while also honoring the history of the studio craft movement.

With the integration of the Museum with Pacific Northwest College of Art, the program has the additional resources of the College’s community of artists, designers, writers and historians. The series is archived as a cultural resource through video and podcasts, which can be accessed through the Museum or the College’s on line magazine Untitled.

Check the MoCC Calendar for upcoming CraftPerspectives and other programs including Community Showcases and Artist Demonstrations.

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Subscribe to the Museum podcast for the full archive of MoCC podcasts, audio walkthrough, discussions, and lectures.

Audio Walkthroughs

Curatorial Walkthrough: Quality is Contagious
Join Curator of Collections, Nicole Nathan, and artist John Economaki for an in-depth look at MoCC’s most recent exhibition, Quality is Contagious: John Economaki and Bridge City Tool Works on view through February 8, 2014.
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Curatorial Walkthrough: Soundforge
Director and Chief Curator Namita Wiggers, with artists Gabriel Craig and Michael Remson, presents an in depth look at Soundforge, on view through September 21, 2013.
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Curatorial Walkthrough: Object Focus the Bowl, Part 1
Chief Curator Namita Wiggers and Curator of Collection Nicole Nathan offer an in depth look at Object Focus: The Bowl, Reflect + Respond, on view through August 3, 2013.
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Curatorial Walkthrough: Object Focus the Bowl, Part 2
MoCC Director and Chief Curator Namita Wiggers offers an in depth look at Object Focus: The Bowl, Engage + Use, on view through September 21, 2013.
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Audio Walkthrough: Reflecting on Erik Gronborg
Curators Jeffry Mitchell and Namita Gupta Wiggers provide commentary on the works of Erik Gronborg in this numbered audio walkthrough.
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CraftPerspectives Archive

MoCC and Design Week Portland: John Economaki and Creative Entrepreneurship
Join furniture maker turned woodworking tool designer John Economaki as he and other guests discuss entrepreneurship in Portland.
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MoCC and Design Week Portland: Designing Women Panel
This MoCC and DWP program explores the role of women in Portland’s design industry.
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A conversation with (F) Utility, MoCC Open Studio Artists-in-Residence
Volunteer project manager Greg Stuart discusses the studio practice of (F) Utility, Open Studio Artists-in-Residence, July 22 – 27, 2013.
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A conversation with Cumbersome Multiples, MoCC Open Studio Artists-in-Residence
Volunteer project manager Greg Stuart discusses the studio practice of Tracy Schlapp and Daniel Duford of Cumbersome Multiples, Open Studio Artists-in-Residence, July 15 – 20, 2013.
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A conversation with Abi Spring, MoCC Open Studio Artist-in-Residence
Volunteer project manager Greg Stuart discusses the studio practice of Abi Spring, Open Studio Artist-in-Residence, July 9 – 13, 2013.
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CraftPerspectives Symposium: Craft and Social Practice
In conjunction with Open Engagement, Object Focus: The Bowl, and SoundForge
May 18, 2013
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CounterCraft: Crafting Conversation
Museum of Contemporary Craft and PSU’s MFA in Art and Social Practice presents Crafting Conversation to Get What You Want: Art and Social Practice and the Art of the Ask.
May 9, 2013
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WorldCraft Lecture: Martha Banyas
Agus Ismoyo (Indonesian) and Nia Fliam (American), two celebrated batik artists, lecture on their work and on the variety and significance of Indonesian batik.
May 1, 2013
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WorldCraft Lecture: Agus Ismoyo and Nia Fliam of Studio Brahma Tirta Sari
Martha Banyas, batik collector and world traveler presents a fascinating history of batik cloth in Java, Indonesia.
April 24, 2013
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CraftPerspectives Lecture: Cassandra Coblentz
in conjunction with We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live
April 18, 2013
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Perspectives on Craft + Design: One Object, Two Views
January 31, 2013
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CraftPerspectives Lecture: Cynthia Smith
in conjunction with Design with the Other 90%: CITIES
September 2012
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CraftPerspectives Lecture: Maria Elena Buszek
in conjunction with Generations: Betty Feves
March 2012
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CraftPerspectives Lecture: Jenni Sorkin
in conjunction with Generations: Betty Feves
March 2012
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CraftPerspectives Lecture: Chris Taylor
in conjunction with Generations: Betty Feves
February 2012
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CraftPerspectives Lecture: Emily Pilloton
in conjunction with Studio H: Design. Build. Transform.
December 2011
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CraftPerspectives Lecture: Nikki McClure
in conjunction with Nikki McClure: Cutting Her Own Path, 1996–2011
October 2011
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Craft Conversation: Elizabeth Whelan
Artist-in-Residence for Laurie Herrick
June 2011
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Craft Conversation: Building Backwards
Ann and Jon Sinclair, Kristin Pesola, Ron Crosier and Maureen McNulty, moderated by Marci McDade
April 2011
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Craft Conversation: Pam Patrie
Artist-in-residence for Laurie Herrick
April 2011
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CraftPerspectives Lecture: Elissa Auther
Fiber Over Time: From the Sixties to Now
March 2011
Podcast coming soon

CraftPerspectives Lecture: Garth Johnson
Waste of Timeliness: Craft in the Present Tense
January 2011
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Craft Conversation: Object Focus
Geraldine Ondrizek, Namita Gupta Wiggers and Barbara Tetenbaum
December 2010
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CraftPerspectives Lecture: Philip Tinari
Postures in Clay
October 2010
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Craft Conversation: Dawn Odell
Culture Clash: Understanding Value in Chinese Antiquities Now
October 2010
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Craft Conversation: Ai Weiwei
A Conversation with Namita Gupta Wiggers and Hsueh Wei
September 2010
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Craft Conversation: Reading the Land
Daniel Duford (PNCA) and Matt Johnston (Lewis & Clark College)
April 2010
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CraftPerspectives Lecture: William Gilbert
Land Arts of the American West
March 2010
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Curating with Abandon
An Open Engagement talk with Gestures of Resistance curators Judith Leemann and Shannon Stratton
May 2010
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Craft Conversation: Gestures of Resistance
With Judith Leemann and Shannon Stratton
January 2010
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CraftPerspectives Lecture: Vicki Halper
Choosing Craft: The Artist’s Viewpoint
November 2009
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Open Conversation: Sloppy Craft
With Josh Faught, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Namita Gupta Wiggers and Anne Wilson
October 2009
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CraftPerspectives Lecture: Anne Wilson
Liminal Networks
October 2009
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CraftConversation: Handmade Nation
April 2009
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CraftPerspectives Lecture: Glenn Adamson
Craft in the 21st Century: Directions and Displacements
February 2009
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Watch the webcast

CraftPerspectives Panel
Curating the Work of Mandy Greer and Darrel Morris
January 2009

CraftPerspectives Lecture: Garth Clark
How Envy Killed the Crafts Movement: An Autopsy in Two Parts
October 2008
Download Part I (mp3)
Download Part II (mp3)
This lecture is available for purchase as a print-on-demand book

CraftPerspectives Lecture: Steven Skov Holt and Mara Holt Skov
Manuf®actured: From Readymade to Alreadymade
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September 2008

CraftPerspectives Lecture: Paul Smith
Reflections: Twentieth Century Studio Craft Movement – Current Observations
April 2008

CraftPerspectives Lecture: Ellen Lupton
The Design It Yourself Revolution
March 2008