The Smart List is a monthly list of multi-media recommendations on everything design, curated by Interwoven Design. In this issue we share some of the most exciting Craft shows in New York City! The List includes: Beyond Mud: Ceramics in 2023, Craft Front & Center, LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize and Furniture & Decorative Arts Collection.
Beyond Mud: Ceramics in 2023
at BWAC 481 Van Brunt Street Door 7, Brooklyn, May 13, 2023 – June 18, 2023
Beyond Mud 2023 is a national juried ceramics and art exhibition located in Brooklyn, NY. Beginning on May 13, the show will put on display “beautiful, exciting, edgy and/or unusual works.” The competition is sponsored by the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition and later in May will also participate in the Brooklyn Ceramics Arts Tour, an opportunity that is a 3 day open studio, Brooklyn wide event.
Established in 1978, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition is Brooklyn’s largest, artist-run organization that gives artists opportunities to show their work, engage with audiences and develop professionally. Come check out this awesome Ceramics event!
Craft Front & Center
at the Museum of Art and Design, New York, through January 14, 2024
Challenging the traditional existence of craft, the Museum of Art and Design‘s has assembled an revolutionary collection that has repositioned themselves as a widely recognized and significant movement. Craft Front & Center, “brings together more than 70 iconic and lesser-known works to highlight key thematic touchpoints in craft’s history that have brought us to this movement.” Comprising of thousands of artworks, the collection spans materials of textiles, clay, glass, metal and wood.
The exhibition reveals many significant artists which are women and people of color who led craft to be perceived as and motivated by art’s major movements. If you have the time, this exciting collection of handmade objects at the Museum of Arts and Design should definitely be on your list!
LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize
at the Noguchi Museum, Long Island City, NY, May 17, 2023 – June 18, 2023
As previously mentioned in our Design News Series, the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize is an exhibition that will put the competitions finalists on display at the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, NY. This Craft Prize aims to “acknowledge and support international artisans of any age (over 18) or gender who demonstrate an exceptional ability to create objects of superior aesthetic value.” Allowing the artists to portray their own personal language and distinct skills contributes to the current culture of craft.
The LOEWE FOUNDATION, was founded by Enrique Loewe Lynch in 1988 and continues to promote creativity across all disciplines of art. By supporting design and craftmanship, the LOEWE FOUNDATION comprises an expert panel that will judge and consider which pieces they find the most outstanding!
Furniture and Decorative Arts Collection
at Museum City of New York
The Furniture and Decorative Arts Collection at the Museum City of New York contains New York’s plethora of furniture, ceramics and glassware. The collection contains furniture and cabinets made all the way back to the 17th century! These rare and one of kind works were designed by some of the most iconic New York City Designers of their time. These objects have been traced back and verified ownership to some of the most distinguished New Yorkers. Governors, senators and other politicians commissioned these works from these famous designer and the pieces were made in New York or by foreign manufacturers.
In the Realm of the decorative arts the Museum’s collection has many pieces that also connect the to prominent figures. These ceramic and glassware pieces were made by the most skilled artisans and were influenced by New York City itself. The aesthetic combination depicts the tastes from different centuries.