Raise a Glass – A Contemporary Response to Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World Exhibition

Date: 

Saturday, October 13, 2018 (All day) to Monday, November 26, 2018 (All day)

Location: 

Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard
Bull Vessel by Mia Riley
Bison Rhyton. Mia Riley, 2018
Raise a Glass – A Contemporary Response to Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World
Exhibition Dates: October 13 – November 26, 2018
Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard
224 Western Ave, Allston, Massachusetts 02134
Opening Reception and Public Demonstration – Saturday, October 13th, 2018 from 4pm – 7pm
 
 

This exhibition challenges 14 contemporary ceramic artists to respond to objects included in Animal Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World: Feasting with Gods, Heroes and Kings, an exhibition at the Harvard Art Museums which brings together nearly 60 elaborate vessels of animal shape and offers a glimpse into the rich symbolism and communal practices that found expression at the gatherings in which they were used. The show offers a cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary examination of these vessels, whose history spans geography and time, across three continents and over three millennia, vividly illustrates how shapes, artistic forms, ideas and traditions have exchanged across borders throughout time.

14 internationally recognized contemporary sculptors and vessel makers were provided with images of the works selected for the Harvard Art Museums’ exhibition, and invited to seek inspiration in subject matter, form, function and/or culture of origin. The intent of Raise a Glass – A Contemporary Response to Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World is not to replicate but for artists working with the time-honored materials of ceramic, metal and glass to honor and provide a complimentary view into the mind of ancient makers represented in the Animal Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World: Feasting with Gods, Heroes and Kings exhibition.

The public will have the opportunity for a hands-on encounter with materials and process during the opening reception on October 13, 2018 to enrich their viewing experience. Artists from the Harvard Ceramics Program will demonstrate the use of ceramic press molds developed for research purposes for curators of the Harvard Art Museum exhibition. And participants will be invited to try their hand at press molding their own terracotta clay animal-headed drinking vessels.

Included artists:

Natalia Arbelaez
Bruce Armitage
Jessica Brandl
John Byrd
Pattie Chalmers
Richard W. James
Salvador Jimenez-Flores
Kukuli Velarde
Kate MacDowell
Jenny Mendes
Mia Riley
Adam Shiverdecker
Kevin Snipes
Ian Thomas
Adam Whitney
Russell Wrankle

Support for this event is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional funding for the exhibition was provided in memory of Melvin R. Seiden, Malcolm H. Wiener, and Michael and Helen Lehmann, and by the generous support of the David M. Robinson Fund; the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Henry P. McIlhenny Fund; and the M. Victor Leventritt Fund.

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