Studio Craft and Beyond
Highlights from the Contemporary Collection
Over the last half-century, the conversation about what international craft can be, look like, and say has evolved. Today, artists are expanding craft’s boundaries to include conceptual projects, performative action, experimentation with new technologies, objects that blur boundaries with art and design, and works that critique traditional definitions of craft.
Many works in this gallery connect to the postwar Studio Craft movement, which saw artists setting up individual studios where they produced one-of-a-kind artworks. Boris Bally’s Fixator Armform (1995) seems less like jewelry than an avant-garde scientific contraption, as conventional values of jewelry (like adornment, fine craftsmanship, and decoration) are balanced against unusual form, function, and materials.