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Clay is Hot! Good, Better, Best Panel Discussion

September 27, 2015 @ 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Free with general admission

The Founders’ Circle Presents Clay is Hot! Good, Better, Best Panel Discussion

Throughout New York, in museums and at contemporary art fairs in Miami and beyond, fine artists are regularly creating objects and sculpture in clay alongside their works in painting and various other mediums. Roberta Smith, critic for the New York Times, has been credited with coining the phrase “clay is the new photography.” Ferrin Contemporary’s exhibition this summer, “Glazed and Diffused,” contrasted masters of the medium with emerging and established living artists in an exhibition that presented contemporary and historic works in clay by artists whose primary medium is ceramics. Their ongoing “Clay is Hot” discussions focused on collecting ceramics from George Ohr to Ai Weiwei. Join specialists Leslie Ferrin and Melissa Post for a discussion about provenance, connoisseurship, and values in ceramics, pottery, and porcelain from 1900 to the present.

Guests will have a chance to view the Craft + Design permanent collection at Mint Museum Uptown before the panel discussion and afterwards. Melissa Post, former curator at Mint Museum of Craft + Design, brings a wealth of experience working with museums, galleries, and artists from Aspen to New York, Tacoma to Charlotte. Now as associate director of Ferrin Contemporary and Cynthia Reeves since May 2015, she turns her attention to ceramics and fine art curatorial projects, and public programing and directing the galleries on the campus of Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, Mass. Leslie Ferrin is founder, director of Ferrin Contemporary located at Project Art in Cummington, Mass., a mill building co-owned with sculptor Sergei Isupov. Ferrin has over 30 years of experience with contemporary ceramic art, sculpture, design, and studio pottery. Representing a small group of artists and working with private collectors and museums, Ferrin’s specialty in contemporary ceramics spans 1950 – present.

R.S.V.P. To Founders’ Circle Program Chair, Gary Ferraro at garyferraro425@gmail.com by September 24, 2015.


September 27, 2015
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Free with general admission
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