New Voices Lecture with Betsy Redelman


Thursday, September 20, 2018, 5:30pm to 6:30pm


Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard 224 Western Ave, Allston MA 02134

Presented by: Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard

photo portrait of an artist sitting and decorating a clay bowlBetsy Redelman is a potter, filmmaker, writer and educator with a socially engaged and research-based practice. Her work explores the intersections between critical pedagogy, intersectional feminism, and craft, often manifesting in the form of collaborative projects, utilitarian ceramics, and public forums. Redelman is an instructor of Ceramics at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts, and a member of the staff at the Harvard Ceramics Program. She holds an MFA in Craft Studies from Oregon College of Art & Craft, and a BA in International Studies from Loyola University Chicago.

orange and black poster featuring an illustration of hands holding a ceramic pot with the words "Mujeres del Barro Rojo: Women's Work"
Mujeres del Barro Rojo: Women's Work, a documentary directed by Betsy Redelman. Poster by Horse.

As part of her talk, Redelman will be screening a documentary she filmed and directed as part of her research in Oaxaca, Mexico. Mujeres del Barro Rojo: Women's Work is a short film about women and clay. It follows the Mateo family through their process of making pots while touching on topics such as gender, craft, family, and matrilineal heritage. A collaboration project between the Mujeres del Barro Rojo [San Marcos Tlapazola, Oaxaca, Mexico] and the film crew [Portland, Oregon, USA], the film seeks to break traditional documentary tropes and pose an alternative to dominant narratives surrounding contemporary craft and ceramics.
Filmed and Directed by: Betsy Redelman
Edited by: Brett Gerlt
Animation by: Yahira Hernandez
Subtitles by: Daniel Suarez

Music by: Edna Vazquez

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The “New Voices Lectures” are an on-going series highlighting some of the most talented emerging artists utilizing the ceramic medium in the field of contemporary art.

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