Craft in America—Expanding Traditions

February 23, 2008 — May 4, 2008

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is honored to present Craft in America: Expanding Traditions, a multi-faceted journey into the origin and continuation of craft traditions. Beginning with the Industrial Revolution, this ground-breaking exhibition explores the many cultures and movements that have contributed to the development and refinement of American craft during the last two centuries. Integrating the various media of handcrafted furniture, ceramics, fiber and textiles, basketry, glass, wood, jewelry and metal, the exhibition represents a broad base of craft makers, including traditional craft makers, designer craftsmen of the Arts & Crafts Movement, the artists of the Work Progress Administration programs of the 1930s, post-World-War-II studio-craft pioneers and contemporary studio-craft artists. Craft in America: Expanding Traditions celebrates these skilled artists and recognizes their works as important pieces of history linking us to the very soul and essence of American culture.

Comprising a three-part PBS television series, a touring museum exhibition, an illustrated book and a comprehensive website, Craft in America: Expanding Traditions is a national phenomenon. HCCC is proud to be one of only seven U.S. venues chosen to host this landmark exhibition.