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The title for this talk comes from an exhibition held in September 2013 at the Arizona State University Art Museum and its Ceramic Research Center.

The exhibition was part of a grant for the museum to evaluate the purpose and quality of its collections, giving Held and the museum curators the opportunity to rethink the recent history, the present and the future of contemporary craft. Held will show a number of examples that exemplify how artists today are more concerned with using the appropriate materials to execute ideas rather than drawing hard lines between art and craft. In addition to work highlighted from the museums extensive collection, emerging artists primarily from Denmark and Sweden will be shown.

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Brief Bio

Peter Held is the curator of ceramics at the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center at Arizona State University in Tempe. Held has curated more than 75 exhibitions since 1989, including the traveling ceramic shows: A Ceramic Continuum: Fifty Years of the Archie Bray Influence; Between Clouds of Memory: Akio Takamori, A Mid-Career Survey; Eden Revisited: The Ceramic Art of Kurt Weiser. Held has authored several articles on contemporary art and crafts, and is the editor and essayist of the books A Ceramic Continuum: Fifty Years of the Archie Bray Influence and Between Clouds of Memory: Akio Takamori, A Mid-Career Survey; and Eden Revisited: The Ceramic Art of Kurt Weiser.

Held will be receiving the Distinguished Educator award from the Smithsonian's James Renwick Alliance in March, 2014.


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.

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