Presentations

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Opening Keynote: “Back to the Future”

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Glenn Adamson kicks off the conference with an opening keynote address.

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Hierarchies as Myth: Afrofuturist Aesthetics in Design & Object Making

10:45 am - 11:45 am

Wilson will discuss Afrofuturism using examples from her practice and engage in a conversation around transformative pedagogies that consider other traditions in looking to (re)legitimatize the American canon in the visual arts, craft and design and liberate it from its primary Western European focus.

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Jumpstarting Your Job: A Look Into Building a Successful & Fulfilling Artist’s Career

10:45 am - 11:45 am

A look at some practical skills to help grow and navigate the business challenges of being an independent artist today, this presentation focuses on how to evaluate situations to make informed decisions that are best for your future and your unique artistic voice. Gleaned from the lived experience of starting and running an art business, […]

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Street Furniture Now!

10:45 am - 11:45 am

What happens when we shift the context of our work, moving furniture from an intimate context and onto the sidewalk? Emily Bunker explores case-studies in outdoor furniture design: considering historical precedents, playful interventions, new design methodologies, and the skill-sharing programs shaping our cities.

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Saving a Life, Rescuing Studio Furniture

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

If studio furnituremaking is not visible, its techniques not taught, and its practitioners unknown, it doesn’t have a future. New Zealand is a case study in loss – while furniture makers exist, their education is acquired elsewhere, learned from disappearing masters or self-taught. This presentation outlines D Wood’s research and queries how we ensure that […]

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Moving Image Matters

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Video represents a way of working with light and time, rather than matter and space, but artists and makers who build their practices on materials are increasingly shaping their voices in video. Whether satirizing how-to clips, or performing gestures of process, their works assert that making is as much about ideas as it is about […]

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Brief History of Chair Caning

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Discover the 4,000 year old history of chair caning that spans the globe from Middle Kingdom Egypt to Mid-Century Scandinavia. Learn about materials, process, contemporary applications, and how chair makers have employed these woven materials to chairs.

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Friday, June 21, 2019

Making Space: Creative Approaches to Furniture Display and Exhibition Design

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

In this presentation, Kathryn Hall, Curator at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, will discuss strategies for the display of furniture from show rooms to galleries and pop-up spaces. She will draw from historical precedents and contemporary examples that demonstrate creative ways to activate the work, add context, and encourage careful and thoughtful interaction with the […]

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On Adaptation

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

An exploration of furniture-making and functionality through the eyes of a contemporary artist and art fabricator.

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Responsible Restoration

3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Restoration and repair work requires a unique set of tools, techniques, and responsibilities, especially when working on older pieces. Paul Henry and Alf Sharp discuss how to enforce American Institute of Conservation guidelines in the shop, revealing the choices they make and techniques they’ve used in specific case studies.

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Grass Roots Research

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Much of Alicia Dietz’s work stems from her experiences as an officer and Blackhawk Helicopter test pilot. While seemingly two different areas of expertise, her career in the Army unexpectedly prepared her to design and build. Conducting workshops with other veterans, they make – allowing people to change gears, put their hands to work, and […]

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21st Century Curation of the Chipstone Foundation

10:45 am - 11:45 am

Dr. Sarah Anne Carter will share projects drawn from more than two decades of Chipstone’s curatorial work that embody the Chipstone ethos of sharing curatorial authority, encouraging collaboration, telling culturally meaningful stories, embodying a clear point of view, and valuing the power of wonder.

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Design, Entrepreneurship + the Meaning of Life

10:45 am - 11:45 am

Founder of Mario Costantini Ltd. and La Lune Collection, Mario Costantini discusses entrepreneurship, design, philanthropy, and the secret to integrating these into a successful business and life and how creativity and business skills can benefit and grow for-profit and non-profit organizations.

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Knowing Hands: Cognition & Skill

10:45 am - 11:45 am

What are the links between cognition and skilled use of the hands? This presentation explores the resurgence of both popular and intellectual interest in Craft as well as historical systems such as Educational Sloyd that believe in the importance of hand-skills for the development of the whole person. Harrington aims to encourage dialog around the […]

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Research as Adventure: Scratching the Itch of Curiosity Until It Smacks You in the Face

10:45 am - 12:00 pm

In 2008 a simple email exchange resulted in a coffin-making apprenticeship for Michael deForest at the Kane Kwei Workshop in Teshie, Ghana, West Africa, with Eric Adjetey Anang. Learn about this partnership and how they informed each other’s work – and world views.

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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Curatorial Research, Behind the Scenes

10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Monica Obniski and Zoë Ryan, curators at the Milwaukee Art Museum and Art Institute of Chicago, discuss their most recent exhibition projects and the extensive research that led to them. Chaired by Glenn Adamson.

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Object Lessons: a Lecture and Workshop

2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Dr. Sarah Anne Carter will share her research into the history of finding ideas in things and will lead participants through a series of hands-on activities with objects from the Chipstone collection.

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Blacksmithing in the Modern World

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

Hear how Kent Knapp, the head of his family-owned and operated blacksmithing shop, navigates the techniques of their 5000 year old craft and incorporates modern technology. Kent will share the trials, tribulations and successes of taking family business up a notch, by adding cameras and producers to the mix of some over the top project […]

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