Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is pleased to announce the national juried exhibition Light of the Moon. Juried by Namita Gupta Wiggers, director and chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Craft|PNCA, in Portland, Oregon, the exhibition is a midwinter celebration of contemporary arts and crafts. Fifty-two works by forty-one artists will be on display in the Sandra J. Blain Galleries January 18 – March 15, 2014.
The light of the moon can cut through the night’s darkness and cast an ethereal glow to the land. It can light one’s way, be the cause for celebration, spur on illegal incidents, mystify, attract, or repulse, and incite folklores and legends. In modern times, after the joy and frenzied activity that comes with the end of one year and the beginning of the next many of us feel the need to hibernate and wait for the spring, scorning the lack of daylight and seemingly endless nights. For agrarian societies of the past as well as the present, the winter solstice and the crawl to warmer weather has been a time of jubilation; the moon bright in the sky acting as a sign of renewal and rebirth, a harbinger of nature slowly reviving itself underneath the cold, hard earth. Legends of werewolves, the man in the moon, and conditions of lunacy or “moon madness” were all born from the moon. In eastern Tennessee the nighttime has played an important part in the culture entrenched in the Great Smoky Mountains. The distillation of moonshine under the veil of night away from thewatchful eyes of the law, as well as the running of it from the still to the speakeasy or purchaser, has been happening in this region for decades upon decades until its legalization just a few years ago.
With the exhibition Light of the Moon, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is putting forth a midwinter celebration of contemporary arts and crafts, the theme of which harkens back to the myriad traditions, festivities, stories, and happenings that have been inspired or taken place by the light of the moon throughout the ages.
About the juror:
Namita Gupta Wiggers is Director and Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art. Through her curatorial practice, Wiggers considers how craft and design function as subjects and verbs, as simultaneously distinct and intersecting practices, and how the exhibition operates as a site and space for cultural inquiry. Selected exhibitions include: Touching Warms the Art (2008), The Academy is Full of Craft (2009), and Object Focus: The Bowl (2013). Her publications include Generations: Betty Feves (2012), and contributions to Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective (Damian Skinner, edit., forthcoming, 2013) and Hand+Made: The Performative Impulse in Art and Craft (2010). Recent lectures include “Navigating Whiteout Conditions: Ceramics in the White Cube, White Page and White Tent,” Distinguished Lecture, NCECA (2013) and the keynote lecture at Schmucksymposium Zimmerhoff, Germany. She co-founded Critical Craft Forum in 2009, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Craft Council and accessCeramics.