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Nation Building: Craft and Contemporary American Culture Nov. 8th-9th

Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the Renwick Gallery, American Art’s branch museum for contemporary craft and decorative arts, this program seeks to broaden
the dialogue surrounding craft’s recent histories, and to articulate rapid changes to the field since the advent of the current century.

The title of this symposium references modern craft’s history as a regenerative (and often political) force in society, but also Hannah Arendt’s assertion that what fundamentally
distinguishes us as a species is our capacity for “world-building.” The value of craft as evidence of diverse human agency is at the heart of this project. Ultimately, this program seeks a pluralist view of craft’s impact on the contemporary American experience.

Call for Papers here:
http://www.wikicfp.com/cfp/servlet/event.showcfp?eventid=20668&copyownerid=2

When
Thu Nov 8, 2012
Where
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C. (map)