Presented by: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
Admission: Free and open to the public
Runs: May 18-September 17
Galleries: 12–6 PM, Thu–Sun
Why make ceramic protest signs? Because we will be protesting these things for a long time to come….This proposition informs the CCVA summer Display Case exhibition CCC (Ceramics Club Cambridge) featuring an installation of objects and signage created by open ceramic sessions with 2017 Josep Lluis Sert Practitioner Trisha Baga. Open to students and the general public at the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard, the workshop began with a prompt to make what one wished to see in the world. Baga continued to ask participants to use clay to think through the current political climate and potential futures. The CCVA Display Case, arranged by the artist, is an amalgamation of this material, alongside Baga’s own work in clay and video, and presented as a free-associative visual field by which the hierarchies of text and image are redefined.
The program was an off-shoot of the New York-based, Ceramics Club or CC, a loose artists’ organization, founded by Baga and artist Pam Lins. Since 2011, CC uses ceramics as a way to socially interact, make material, collaborate, and see what happens from there. The group models itself on propositions gleaned from amateur “clubs” that organized in the interest of dismantling and opposing professionalism, as well as withdrawing distinctions regarding quality, institutions, and representations. Since its inception, the group has met and been generously supported by Greenwich House Pottery in the West Village.
In the spirit of Ceramic Club, the artwork on view showcases a long list of artists who participated in the project and is meant as a collaboration between Baga and the participants work.