Isn’t This A Ceramics Gallery?
Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of questions from visitors similar to those above. They seem to reflect a common anxiety – namely, that exhibiting work by artists in other media will take time and attention away from ceramic artists. However, part of my primary mission with the gallery has always been to present ceramic sculpture in the context of the contemporary art world. I’ve written about the traditional hierarchy of materials before, here and here, and I believe that exhibiting clay alongside other mediums is one of the best ways to demonstrate clay’s place in the art historical conversation.
Looking back on the gallery’s recent exhibition schedule really illustrates my commitment to supporting ceramists. Of our last twelve shows, three have been solo exhibitions of ceramic artists, and four have been group exhibitions featuring ceramic artwork. Ceramics are also on display in the presentation room year-round. Our current exhibition, Small is Beautiful, is a large group show that presents clay artworks works together with those of other media. I hope you will have a chance to come see it in person – it will be on display through January 11, 2014.