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Peter Held sends Yuletide Greetings from Stockholm!

My first full day in Stockholm was fast-paced, with new experiences abounding.

My first stop was to the studio of a collaborative group of nine artists, all past graduates of Konsfack, Stockholm’s design/craft school.  Above, on the left is Linus Errson and right, Jakob Robertsson. They showed a Powerpoint of six past projects, including one at PS 1 and the V & A. Bright group working in a variety of media.

Next stop down the street was the Bonniers Konsthall, a contemporary museum (below).

Then off to visit two premier craft galleries:  Konsthantverkarna and Blas & Knada, pictured below.  Work was generally functional with a twist and, like all global craftsmen worldwide, currently geared towards the gift-giving season.

Ended the day in the beautiful Gambla Stan neighborhood and after hours of being chilly outside, stopped by to visit my fair glogg barkeeps, below:

On the subway home the graffiti caught my eye.

Tomorrow off to Gustavsberg.

Happy Yuletide greetings from the great north!

–Peter Held, Curator of Ceramics

December 19, 2011 at 9:04 pm Leave a comment

Dispatches from Peter Held, curator abroad, cont’d…

I took the train today to Humlebaek, about 25 miles north of Copenhagen, to visit the Louisiana Museum. Was excited as they recently opened an Ai Wei Wei exhibition. Here are two photos of the primary installations with many video projects and interviews with the artist.  Also a great show of Klee and the CoBrA group.  And I saw the sun for the first time in three days!

December 7, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Family So-Much-Fun Day!

Family Fun Day. Photo by Stephen Gittins.

“Okay, I’ll dance to one more song, but then I HAVE to get in line to get my face painted,” said one adorable young girl who was dancing in the gallery with the Zumbatomics participatory activity, led by Melinda Mills-Walkey.

“I want to be KISS,” said one young man as he approached the face painter. His mother explained that he was very interested in becoming a rock star and that she had no idea how he had even found out about KISS, but she saw nothing wrong with it.

Another child suddenly halted working on the art project in front of her when she saw her favorite PBS character, Super Why, and only returned to the table after having her photograph taken with him.

I observed each of these moments at the ASU Art Museum’s Family Fun Day on July 9th, 2011. With hands-on art-making activities, interactive performances and readings and illustration demonstrations by Chris Gall and Alex Rex, everyone at the museum on Saturday had a great day.

This is my fifth year organizing the Family Fun Day with the help of our Windgate Intern, who also curates an exhibition based on a theme, pulling works broadly from our collection.  It’s so rewarding to see the hours put into planning the crafts, contacting performers and working with our fabulous community partners result in such an entertaining day for families. My favorite part of Family Fun Day is that the entire event is free, allowing families to have fun without worrying about how much it costs. This year, more than 1,200 people stopped by to enjoy the four-hour event, and that’s not including visitors to the Ceramics Research Center across the street.

Now we’re putting the supplies away from Saturday’s activities, and starting to prep for next month’s 1st Saturdays for Families (Saturday, Aug. 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.), which explores the exhibition By myself and with my friends through an interactive dance led by choreographer Elizabeth Johnson, a special visit from the Arizona Animal Welfare League (and animal friends), and a fun animal-making art craft.

And I also will start planning next year’s Family Fun Day — after I finish recovering from this year’s event.

 –Andrea Feller, Curator of Education

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Photos in the slideshow are by Stephen Gittins and Stu Mitnick.

July 14, 2011 at 7:58 pm

A perfect ceramic storm in Montana

Beautiful Montana...

At the end of June, the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center guided 20 patrons from across the country to help celebrate the Archie Bray Foundation’s 60th anniversary From the Center to the Edge.

CRC Program Specialist Mary-Beth Buesgen, right, and Sandy Blain visit Sarah Jaeger's studio.

During the week we visited studios (Deborah Butterfield, John Buck, Josh DeWeese and Rosie Wynkoop in Bozeman) and Richard Notkin, Sarah Jaeger and Robert Harrison in Helena. Tours of private collections, auctions, fabulous meals and glorious weather, made even more meaningful once we returned to the 117-degree blazing Arizona sun, provided for a perfect ceramic storm.

A big thanks to all our members who joined us!

Peter Held, Curator of Ceramics, ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center

July 12, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Postcommodity & Announcement Brochure for 18th Biennale of Sydney!

The announcement brochure for the upcoming 18th Biennale of Sydney includes an image of Postcommodity’s site-specific intervention Do You Remember When? (2009), which took place at the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center.

We are excited to see Postcommodity continue to get recognition outside of our ASU and Arizona community!

Kade Twist, a founding and active member of Postcommodity, is a current MFA student at the ASU School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

Cristóbal Martínez, an active member of Postcommodity, received his BFA from the ASU School of Art, recently graduated with his M.A. from the ASU School of Arts, Media and Engineering and in Fall 2011 will begin his doctoral study at ASU with Dr. James Gee and Dr. Bryan Brayboy.

In addition to the Do You Remember When? project, Postcommodity created the site-specific performance/installation Dead River (2009) for the ASU Art Museum Street Party exhibition at Martha+Mary’s 4400 location; Kade Twist created the solo work There is no end of the trail; there is merely a system of prosthesis (2006) for the Museum’s exhibition New American City: Artists Look Forward; and former Postcommodity member Steven Yazzie’s work has been included in numerous exhibitions at the ASU Art Museum over the years, including his piece Tsosido Sweep Dance (2009) in the current exhibition Self-Referential: Art Looking at Art, which runs through August 27.

Here is a link to a download for the 18th Biennale of Sydney brochure:

18th Biennale Advance Brochure
http://www.biennaleofsydney.com.au/_blog/Biennale_News/post/Biennale_Brochure/

And here is the nice response received from artist Kade Twist…

From: Kade L. Twist
Sent: Thursday, June 02, 2011 11:11 AM

Greetings from the Santa Fe Art Institute!

Thank you for the note John.  You are too kind.

Postcommodity is honored to be featured so prominently in the brochure, especially since it is being circulated at Venice. And we have had conversations with the curators about re-staging Do You Remember When? in a manner that is relevant to the Indigenous Australian community, as well as the potential for staging other work.  We have not yet received an official letter from the Biennial of Sydney confirming our participation.  Being included in the brochure is a good sign and I hope means our odds are good that we will be included, but until we receive an official notice I remain hopeful. With that disclaimer put forward, I do want to make one point very clear: Postcommodity is greatly appreciative of the support that the ASU Art Museum has provided us!  You have all worked hard to ensure that we are welcome contributors to the museum’s discourse, and we thank you for this. In many ways we believe that the ASU Art Museum is our home, or at least you all do an excellent job of making us feel as if it is! We greatly appreciate Peter Held curating us into the Sustainability exhibition and providing us with a platform to contribute.  Mr. Kim, Peter, Heather, John and the Museum played a significant role in enabling us to cut the hole in the floor of the institution and fully realize the work that eventually connected us with the Sydney curators. We will always have a special relationship with each of you and the museum. Also: I would like to thank Adriene Jenik for all of her support, patience and mentorship. It’s an honor to be her student and to have the opportunity to work with her and attend the School of Art’s Intermedia program. 

ASU is a fantastic art community!  I’m blessed that Postcommodity is a part of this community.

Best regards,

-Kade

Kade L. Twist
http://nativelabs.com/
http://postcommodity.com/

June 3, 2011 at 7:58 pm

February: A small package full of good things

February went by in a flash, but there was a lot of stuff packed in those 28 days, starting with two “Re-Thinking the Museum” events: a group panel Feb. 1 (see the post “Thinking About Re-Thinking“) and a presentation by Ian Berry Feb. 8 that was as inspiring as it was entertaining.

In case you missed the Feb. 8 event, Berry is associate director for curatorial affairs and curator at The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College (and, the audience learned from him that evening, was Ellsworth Kelly’s studio assistant for almost 4 years). We took a lot away from his talk, especially this:

“When (curators)  lose sight of regional strengths, of local opportunities, of artists that are not in vogue at the moment, we lose out on something big.”

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On the 18th we hosted a season opening reception for four terrific exhibitions, which included a performance by Angela Ellsworth and the “sister wives.” Our tireless volunteer Stu took some photos of the event (in the slideshow at the top of this post), and there are more photos of festive reception-goers online at Mr. FunBooth.

And on Feb. 22 we co-sponsored an appearance at Changing Hands Bookstore by underground comic legend Joyce Farmer, whose recent graphic memoir Special Exits made R. Crumb cry (in a good way — he said it was up there with Art Spiegelman’s Maus). In an informal conversation, Joyce touched on everything from the inadequacies of our elder-care system to hanging with Crumb and Terry Zweigoff back in the 1970s to the difficulties and rewards of writing about your own family members.

Here’s a picture of me, Deborah Sussman, and Joyce at Changing Hands after the presentation. I’ll treasure this one.

And now for March: Among other things, we’re looking forward to the international Resilience Conference , which is being held at ASU this year: On March 15,from 2:00 to 3:30, a panel here at the Museum (in Gregory Sale’s Social Studies Project gallery) will feature our own Gordon Knox, along with Museum Studies’ Richard Toon, The School of Sustainability’s Sander van der Leeuw and Iraqi artist Adel Azzam Alwash, speaking on “Art’s Role in Resilience Science and Other Innovations in Thinking.”

March 1, 2011 at 7:34 pm

The Great Mondini!

Franco Mondini-Ruiz, a San Antonio-based artist, was in town last week for a site visit in preparation for his fall 2011 exhibition at the Ceramics Research Center, which will focus on a unique installation of our permanent collection.

Franco is an exuberant, over-the-top painter, sculptor and performance artist, and the initial plans for his show at the CRC involve three parts: Dulce: Bisque Without Borders; Limpia: Revisiting the Collection; and, during his September 30th reception, Tienda Franco, his store of curios — plus a margarita machine and a live DJ.

Franco is represented by Frederieke Taylor Gallery, in New York City, and was featured in the 2000 Whitney Biennial.

Stay tuned for more mischievous adventures!

Peter Held, curator of ceramics
ASU Art Museum, Ceramics Research Center

February 22, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Top 3 Things to Do at ASU Art Museum, March 2010

While it may seem that Dawn is taking over our blog, and we’re ok with that, she has some fun stuff to share with you from the museum for this month:

First Saturdays for Families, March 6, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
– kids ages 4-12 and their families can make free art projects based on an artist currently showing in the museum. All materials are supplied free at the museum, and kids get to keep their art. No registration is required – just show up any time during the posted hours.

make clay sculptures based on artist Wanxin Zhang's work, March 6

make clay sculptures based on artist Wanxin Zhang's work, March 6

(I just really like this little guy, made by Teresa in our education department.)

Forged Power: Ferran Mendoza, Alvaro Sau and William Wylie (through May 29)
– video art exhibition that focuses on people at work. *Note: there are a few scenes that may be inappropriate for younger kids.

Ceram-a-Rama: a *really progressive clay affair (March 4 – 7)
– There’s still time to get tickets to the weekend’s ceramic art events – just go to http://ASUArtMuseum.asu.edu.
If you can’t make the whole weekend, join us just Saturday night on the rooftop of the W Hotel in Scottsdale for our very swank after-party. Tickets for the party are only $25 at the door!

March 1, 2010 at 8:36 pm 1 comment

WIN passes to the Rooftop Party at the W!

Win free party passes with your Facebook photos!

Two people will get the opportunity to attend the Ceram-A-Rama gala weekend DJ pumping After Party

at the W Hotel in Scottsdale for FREE!

Here’s How:

1. Attend our free ASU Art Museum season opening reception on Friday, February 19, from 7-9pm.

2. Take a picture of yourself at the opening reception, making sure to follow all museum rules regarding the care of the artwork (i.e., no touching, no flash photography).

3. Post the picture to Facebook using the tag feature to tag both the ASUart Museumstaff and yourself in the image.

4. Next week we will collect all the names of the individuals tagged in the images and verify that the images were taken during the Friday opening reception. One person will be selected based on the creativity of the image and another will be selected randomly for free entry into the Ceram-A-Rama gala weekend DJ pumping After Party at the W Hotel on March 6, 2010.

Click here for more information on the weekend of activities during Ceram-A-Rama.

ASU Art Museum staff on Facebook

Please remember that respect for the artwork  on exhibition is first and foremost. Have fun and be creative!

If you don’t win free tickets but still want to come to this rockin’ party, tickets are only $25 and you can even get them at the door.  See you at the W!

-diane

February 18, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Top Three Things to do at ASU Art Museum!

We  have a new way to share what’s happening at ASUArt Museum with you – iPhone video! I hope you enjoy this quick look at the top things going on at the museum right now- this month we feature artists Wanxin Zhang and Gordon Cheung, and our biannual event, Ceram-a-Rama, that benefits exhibitions and education programs at our Ceramics Research Center.

And thanks to Dawn, who did a great job despite my nearly last-minute recruitment for this gig!

-Diane

February 16, 2010 at 11:43 pm

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