Presented by Ceramics Program - Office for the Arts at Harvard
“Breaking into the Museum - Art + Science at Harvard”
Oregon Ballroom 203 (Level 2)
Friday, March 24, 2017 11:00am
Francesca G. Bewer, Research Curator for Conservation and Technical Studies Programs,
Harvard Art Museums (Delivered by Darrah Bowden - Ceramics Associate)
Kathy King, Director of Education, Ceramics Program – Office for the Arts at Harvard, Allston
With the recent renovation of the Harvard Art Museums, conservation and technical studies are being integrated into a broad range of academic and public programs through various traditional and newer platforms. The latter include study rooms that allow for close looking at works of art, a digital gallery, the Art Museums’ website, and a studio/laboratory -- the Materials Lab (M/Lab) -- a place to explore making as a way of learning and thinking. All aim to act as catalysts for collaborative and interdisciplinary learning and research. Enhancing material knowledge of objects through linked close looking and making is core to the mission of the M/Lab’s activities, and in this it ties in with the history of the Museums -- well known as the birthplace of art conservation in the United States. It also dovetails with pedagogical goals of the Ceramics Program through the Office for the Arts at Harvard. This paper will provide an overview of the ways in which the Ceramic Program and Harvard Art Museums have partnered as collaborative resources for experts, students and the public to gain more material knowledge of ceramic objects within the collections.
About the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts Conference, Portland, OR
NCECA’s 51st Annual Conference
Portland, Oregon March 22-25, 2017
As journey’s end for Lewis and Clark in the early 19th century, expedition and discovery have framed our imagination of the Pacific Northwest. As we pass beyond NCECA’s first fifty years, the interconnection of mind, materials, and transformation at the heart of ceramic process, art and education can serve as trail heads to our future. Our creative work in the 21st century increasingly engages with hybrid practices, issues of diversity, notions of community and dynamic change. How will more sustainable models of ceramic art and education continue to evolve? What are the essential competencies and capacities for ceramic artists and educators today and for the future? How can we continue to draw from rich historic traditions while reinvigorating their relevance in rapidly changing global societies? Portland, Oregon, a city of rivers, makers, and entrepreneurs is an ideal vantage point from which to investigate these questions and others. Join us at Future Flux and help transport us to the ways that ceramic art and education will continue to matter.