Thinking through Craft

Guest Lecture – Glenn Adamson, V&A Museum, London

Glenn Adamson is Deputy Head of Research and Head of Graduate Studies at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where he leads a graduate program in the History of Design. His research interests include modern craft and design; furniture and ceramics in England and America in the 17th and 18th centuries; and decorative arts theory. Dr. Adamson is co-editor of the triannual Journal of Modern Craft, and the author of Thinking Through Craft and The Craft Reader.
Thinking Through Craft is essential reading for anyone interested in craft or the broader visual arts. Berg Publishers writes, “Dispensing with clichéd arguments that craft is art, Adamson persuasively makes a case for defining craft in a more nuanced fashion. The interesting thing about craft, he argues, is that it is perceived to be ‘inferior’ to art. The book consists of an overview of various aspects of this second-class identity – supplementarity, sensuality, skill, the pastoral, and the amateur. It also provides historical case studies analysing craft’s role in a variety of disciplines, including architecture, design, contemporary art, and the crafts themselves.”
Mr. Adamson will speak about how craft, and perceptions of it, have evolved over the course of the last century, as well as what might lay ahead as ‘hand-made’ comes back into preference and popularity.

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