Art and Craft
I was lucky to be invited to an opening reception on Thursday night at LACMA. The event honored Max Palevsky and Jodie Evans, and their gift to the museum. Suzanne Muchnic chronicled that gift in today’s Los Angeles Times.
Curator Wendy Kaplan, who has worked with Palevsky to assemble the collection, has exquisitely presented the exhibit at LACMA, titled The Arts and Crafts Movement.
For me, it’s another sign that museums are continuing to integrate their collections with superb examples of craftsmanship. As experts remind us, the movement of studio ceramics really has its origins in the Arts and Crafts movement. The essence and the aesthetic of studio ceramics can be traced to the writings of William Morris and the reaction to industrialization in the late 19th century.
So it was especially gratifying to hear the remarks of LACMA Director Michael Govan. He remarked that the Arts and Crafts Movement had some of its most significant expression here in Southern California, and that this world-class collection will be a great resource. Our studio ceramic artists are certainly part of that.