American 20th-21st Century Crafts and Decorative Arts



 

Introduction

This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "American 20th-21st Century Crafts and Decorative Arts." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to the articles and essays. The date at the end of each title is the date of publication in Resource Library.

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Articles and essays from Resource Library in chronological order:

Click here for more articles and essays on this subject published in 1998-2001.

 

TFAO references:

As of 6/12/12 Resource Library contained 371 pages containing the phrase "decorative arts."

 

TFAO also suggests other web sites:

Craft In America, a non-profit organization with a mission to promote and advance original handcrafted work, through educational programs in all media.
 
MTAA: All the Holidays All at Once, an exhibit held June 26 to October 2, 2011 at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art Accessed 4/14
 
University of Cincinnati article "Duct Tape for Dads: UC Duct-Tape Sculptures to Display Father's Day Weekend at Ohio Duck Tape Festival" including photos and a video. Accessed June 24, 2013.
 

and suggests this video:

Art that Sticks: UC Duct Tape Sculptures, video (2:30) by Ashley Kempher/UC Creative Services of University of Cincinnati on student and faculty duct tape sculptures, exhibited at the 2013 annual Duct Tape Festival in Avon, Ohio. Accessed June 24, 2013.

 

and suggests these books:

Crafts of Arizona Indians, by Clara Lee Tanner. 40 pages. Arizona Development Board (July 1, 1960). ASIN: B0007GZ5XE
 
Southern Arizona Folk Arts, by James S. Griffith. 234 pages. University of Arizona Press (October 1988). ISBN-10: 0816510849. ISBN-13: 978-0816510849

 

and suggests these DVD or VHS videos:

American Craft Museum (now Museum of Arts and Design) is a VHS 10-video series from Crystal Productions which says: "This video series illustrates diverse examples of creativity and provides students with a broad exposure to the potential in each medium. The works of hundreds of outstanding artists also motivates students and offers a foundation for their own work. The images are from the exhibitions at the Museum of Arts and Design, formerly the American Craft Museum. The 10 videos in the series include:
Functional Pottery
Clayworks
Contemporary Clay: Diverse Soup Tureens
Contemporary Ceramics
Contemporary Ceramic Teapots
Clay Figures, Animals, and Landscapes
Papermaking USA and the Handmade Paper Book
Jewelry USA
Fiber Coiled Basketry
Masks and Face Coverings
 
American Style: The Arts and Crafts Movement: 15 minutes 1988. "The Arts and Crafts Movement in America began in the 1860s as a response to the poor quality and design of machine-made, mass-produced household items. Intended for both beginning and advanced collectors, this video is hosted by D. J. Puffert, a California dealer and collector, owner of the Arts and Crafts Shop in Sausalito, California. Puffert summarizes the history of the period and profiles major figures such as Louis Comfort Tiffany, whose creations made this the most significant movement in American design at the turn of the century "

Craft in America. This 2007 DVD from PBS Home Video includes 3 episodes: Memory, Landscape, and Community, shown in HD widescreen (16x9 aspect ratio). 180 minutes on 1 disc. PBS says: "This program explores the history and significance of the craft movement in the United States and its impact on the nation's cultural heritage. "Memory" focuses on the historical relevance of craft through the eyes of several contemporary pioneers in the field. "Landscape" examines the interdependent relationship of craft artists to their media and the natural world. "Community," highlights the social and emotional connections that crafts embody." For more information see Craft In America. Preview this video here.[9:48] The followwing clips are from the press conference conducted in March 2007 at KCET, the presenting PBS station for the series: Creator Carol Sauvion and featured artist Kit Carson [2:17]; Creator Carol Sauvion with featured painter and ceramic artist David Gurney sharing his Tree of Life [2:14]; Creator Carol Sauvion with master craftsman and artist Sam Maloof, creator of rockers for American Presidents [2:38].

Crafting an American Style is a 60 minute DVD from Crystal Productions which says: "Explore the beauty of handmade American crafts by examining the history of the American Arts and Crafts movement from 1900 to the present." Also available on VHS.

Gold leaf: powder and paint is a VHS video produced by Historical Society of Early American Decoration in 2000. It describes the techniques used in researching, recording and preserving American decorative arts of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

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