Sarah Jane Hardrath Kramer Lecture 2010 Glenn Adamson "The End of the Line: Art at the Margins of Industry" Sarah Jane Hardrath Kramer Lecture Knoxville Museum of Art April 6, 2010 Glenn Adamson is Deputy Head of Research and Head of Graduate Studies at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where he leads a graduate program in the History of Design. His research interests include modern craft and design; furniture and ceramics in England and America in the 17th and 18th centuries; and decorative arts theory. Dr. Adamson is co-editor of the triannual Journal of Modern Craft, and the author of Thinking Through Craft (Berg Publishers/V and A Publications) and The Craft Reader (Berg, 2010). A provocative writer, Adamson has helped shape the conversation around contemporary craft and has helped shift its position within the larger context of critical art making. He is a featured contributor to the exhibition catalog “Anne Wilson: Wind/Rewind/Weave” alongside authors Julia Bryan-Wilson, Jennifer Sorkin, and Philis Alvic. Anne Wilson: Wind/Rewind/Weave is an exhibition organized by the Knoxville Museum of Art, installed by Wilson to investigate the crisis of production and skill based textile labor. Included is Rewinds, a new work created entirely in glass; video documentation of Wind-Up: Walking the Warp, a 2008 performance in Chicago; and a large site-specific project, Local Industry, that takes the form of an active weaving/winding factory set up in the museum space. Run over the course of several months, this project will involve the Knoxville community in the collaborative production of a unique bolt of cloth. http://www.windrewindweave.com
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