Designing Motherhood

On View
September 28, 2024 –
January 11, 2025
Location
Front, Main and Asher Galleries

Designing Motherhood is the first exhibition of its kind to consider the entire arc of human reproduction through a design lens. The exhibition originated in Philadelphia at the Mütter Museum at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the Center for Architecture and Design. HCCC’s iteration of Designing Motherhood will be the first mounted in the Southern United States and the first to extend the contents to highlight the craft perspective on the topic. The show will feature craft traditions spanning from blown-glass baby bottles and handwoven baby blankets to handcrafted rocking chairs, basket-woven bassinets, and wood-turned rattles.

This groundbreaking curatorial project invites audiences to consider why and how creatives have developed designs to facilitate reproductive health. HCCC’s exhibition, sited adjacent to the renowned Texas Medical Center, explores themes ranging from the DIY culture of motherhood to reproductive rights and access, parental leave, and the work-life balance of artist mothers. In addition, HCCC is collaborating with an extended network of local and regional community partners to develop related, free public programming during the show’s run in Houston.

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft galleries are dedicated to interpreting and exhibiting craft in all media and making practices. Artists on view can range from locally emerging to internationally renowned and our curatorial work surveys traditional and experimental approaches to materials.

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft galleries are dedicated to interpreting and exhibiting craft in all media and making practices. Artists on view can range from locally emerging to internationally renowned and our curatorial work surveys traditional and experimental approaches to materials.

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