Using Rosalind Krauss' seminal 1979 text Sculpture in the Expanded Field as its starting point, this enlightening lecture examines craft's growing pains, how they relate to the art-historical past and what they tell us about the field’s future.
OnDemand lectures will expire on Apr 1, 2016.
Dr. Sandra Alfoldy received her PhD in craft history from Concordia University in 2001 and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Rochester in 2002. Her current research focuses on the relationship between craft and architecture in postwar Canada and the historical tensions between Canadian studio craft and industrial design. She is the author of Crafting Identity: The Development of Professional Fine Craft in Canada (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2005), editor of NeoCraft: Modernity and the Crafts (NSCAD Press, 2007) and co-editor of Craft, Space and Interior Design: 1855-2005 (Ashgate Press, 2008).
Dr. Alfoldy co-curated the 2007 traveling exhibition On the Table: 100 Years of Functional Ceramics in Canada. She was the chief curator of the Canadian fine craft exhibition at the 2009 Cheongju International Craft Biennale in South Korea and the Canadian fine craft exhibition at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. In 2007, she organized the international “Neocraft: Modernity and the Crafts” conference at NSCAD University. She credits her professional-textile-artist parents, Andy and Elaine Alfoldy, for instilling in her this obsession with the crafts.
This event is part of 92Ys Virtual Clay™ series: offering first of a kind, real-time online classes that gather a vibrant community of artists, designers and art historians to speak with you about important topics in ceramics. The conversations are meant to challenge preconceptions and explore new territory, inspiring you to think about the world in fresh and different ways. All of this in the comfort of your home, studio or classroom.