CraftPerspectives Lecture: Garth Johnson

Jan 29 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Free for Museum members; $3 general admission


Unorthodox ceramicist and Era Messages</i> curator Garth Johnson gives a CraftPerspectives Lecture titled “Waste of Timelessness: Craft in the Present Tense.”</p>

Is craft at its best when it is categorized as timeless, or should craft be understood as a reflection of the era in which it is made? In this CraftPerspectives Lecture, Garth Johnson will examine how trends in popular culture, fashion and style intersect with craft. Johnson notes, “As legendary cultural critic Heidi Klum says, ‘One minute you are in, and the next, you are out.’” Johnson’s lecture provides context for Era Messages, the exhibition he’s curated from works in the Museum’s collection.

Garth Johnson is a crafter, writer, and educator. He is the proprietor of Extreme Craft and author of 1000 Ideas for Creative Reuse: Remake, Restyle, Recycle, Renew and ReVision: Recycled Crafts for Earth-Friendly Living. Johnson received a BFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an MFA from Alfred University.

The CraftPerspectives Series provides a forum for today’s leading artists, designers, scholars and curators to share their knowledge and pose important questions on issues in contemporary craft. Events range from Garth Clark’s standing room only lecture How Envy Killed the Crafts Movement to conversations that engage the DIY community.