Elissa Auther has taken on the movement from textiles as "craft" to textiles as "art" and helps us to understand the more radical contemporary craft movement.
She is an associate professor of contemporary art at the University of Colorado and the author of String, Felt, Thread: The Hierarchy of Art and Craft in American Art, which presents an unconventional history of the American art world, chronicling the advance of thread, rope, string, felt, and fabric from the "low" world of craft to the "high" world of art in the 1960's and 1970's and the emergence today of a craft counterculture. She is interested in how feminist artists have embraced these homey craft materials as a critique of the prevailing hierarchies and social structure.
Her scholarly work has been supported by major research grants from the J. Paul Getty Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Georgia O'Keefe Museum and Research Center, among others.
Funding provided by the Anonymous Fund.
When: October 5th at 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Where: Room L160 Chazen Museum of Art, 800 University Ave. Madison, WI 53706.