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HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT: ILLUSTRATED CERAMICS AND AMERICAN IDENTITY

Panelists: Leslie Ferrin, Elizabeth Alexander, Jacqueline Bishop, Judy Chartrand, Niki Johnson, and Paul Scott.

Hidden in plain sight, illustrations on porcelain and ceramic ware have, throughout history, transformed functional objects into message-bearers for a wide range of political and propagandistic causes, whether exchanged by heads of state or acquired for use or display in domestic settings. Leslie Ferrin of Ferrin Contemporary will discuss the imagery, drawn from popular nineteenth-century prints, that was reproduced on widely distributed ceramics portraying historical events, indigenous people, and notable explorers, inventors, and politicians through a white European lens. The panel will explore how these seemingly ordinary objects, including Rockwell collector plates, have helped to establish firmly held beliefs about American identity. Artists Elizabeth Alexander, Jacqueline Bishop, Judy Chartrand, Niki Johnson, and Paul Scott, will discuss contemporary ceramics, which reject systems of racial oppression and invite reconsideration of the sanitized version of history that was presented for generations.

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TIMESTAMPS

0:00 Introduction to Symposium co-curators Stephanie Plunkett and Robyn Phillips Pendleton
23:00 Introduction
28:00 Leslie Ferrin Our America/Whose America?  collection and exhibition
46:00 Jacqueline Bishop
52:00 Paul Scott
1:02:00 Elizabeth Alexander
1:11:00 Johnson
1:21:00 Judy Chartrand
1:37:00 Q&A

HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES ON ILLUSTRATION AND RACE

A series of compelling talks by Heather Campbell Coyle, Ph.D; Karen Fang, Ph.D; Michele Bogart, Ph.D.; Theresa Leininger-Miller, Ph.D.; and Leonard Davis, followed by conversation with the commentators.

These concise presentations by Imprinted: Illustrating Race catalogue authors and exhibition lenders will focus on widely-circulated historical representations of race in the press and in popular culture that established a sense of American nationalism for white audiences through the subjugation of Indigenous, Black, and Asian people and cultures.

Witness to History: Collecting Black Americana
Leonard Davis, designer and collector

View the Entire Symposium Playlist from the Norman Rockwell Museum

TIMESTAMPS

00:00 START
00:13 Welcome
04:49 Opening Remarks
22:50 Panel: Hidden in Plain Sight – Illustrated Ceramics and American Identity

SERGEI ISUPOV: Earth & Sky Fire Sculpture

June 11, 2022. Internationally renowned artist Sergei Isupov, in collaboration with Andres Allik of Estonia, built and fired the first petal kiln in New England. A unique spectacle, the petal kiln opened at the peak of firing to reveal the massive ceramic sculpture, called the Earth & Sky fire sculpture. Isupov?s Earth & Sky fire sculpture was the centerpiece of TurnPark?s Annual Summer Festival which presented an array of multicultural performances, visual artworks, and music under the theme of Healing Flames on June 11.

View Sergei Isupov: Earth & Sky Fire Sculpture on Vimeo.

ARTIST TALK | MELTING POINT: RISING WATERS with Courtney M. Leonard, Paul Scott, and Norwood Viviano, moderated by Jami Powell

September 15, 2021. Ferrin Contemporary Curator Conversation featuring artists Courtney M. Leonard, Paul Scott, and Norwood Viviano. Moderated by Jami Powell, Ph.D., Curator of Indigenous Art, Hood Museum, Dartmouth University (Hanover, NH).

View Artist Talk | MELTING POINT: Rising Waters on Vimeo.

GALLERY TALK | MELTING POINT

July 24, 2021 | Hosted by Ferrin Contemporary (North Adams, MA) and co-organized with Heller Gallery (New York), this artist talk in conjunction with the opening of MELTING POINT features artists Sydney Cash, Gregg Moore, Robert Silverman, Raymon Elozua, Sally Silberberg, and Tom Patti.

View Gallery Talk | MELTING POINT on Vimeo.

FOUNDERS’ HOUR FEATURING Paul Scott with Leslie Ferrin & Brian Gallagher

June 11, 2021 | The Mint Museum’s Founders’ Circle is pleased to present their first ever International Founders’ Hour featuring UK-based artist, Paul Scott. From his studio in Cumbria, Scott creates contemporary versions of traditional blue and white transferware ceramics, updating this historic media for the 21st century. Scott’s work engages political and social issues that resonate with our lives today, questioning the cultural history of transferware ceramics in the dissemination of national ideas and settler-centric narratives.

View Founders’ Hour featuring Paul Scott with Leslie Ferrin & Brian Gallagher on Vimeo.

FERRIN CONTEMPORARY IN CONVERSATION: RAID THE ICEBOX NOW with Elizabeth Williams, Beth Katleman, and Paul Scott

June 7, 2021 | For the 50th anniversary of Andy Warhol’s Raid the Icebox exhibition, RISD Museum invited eight contemporary artists and collectives to mine the museum, taking inspiration from objects or incorporating objects into new installations that reconsider how collections can be reimagined.

View Ferrin Contemporary in Conversation: Raid the Icebox Now with Elizabeth Williams, Beth Katleman, and Paul Scott on Vimeo.

FOUNDERS’ HOUR FEATURING Peter Pincus with Leslie Ferrin & Brian Gallagher

February 23, 2021 | Virtual program hosted by the Mint Museum’s Founder’s Circle with “ceramic techno star” Peter Pincus and an introduction by Brian Gallagher curator of Classic Black: The Basalt Sculpture of Wedgwood and His Contemporaries. We’re going to cover a lot of ground in 30 minutes, studio tour, artistic practice, research and recent work in response to Josiah Wedgwood and conceptual theories behind Sol LeWitt.

View Founders’ Hour featuring Peter Pincus with Leslie Ferrin & Brain Gallagher on Vimeo.

PETER PINCUS? SNAP SNAP VIDEO

As this unusual time has moved us all to new digital and virtual platforms, we?re happy to present our In-Progress News & Media Page on our website, which includes our Newsletter Archives, Press & Blog Posts, Director?s Notes, Instagram Feed & this Video Library.

Thank you to the Always Creative Peter Pincus for our Newest & Most Amusing Video Yet!

PETER PINCUS VIRTUAL TOUR

Artist Peter Pincus narrates this virtual tour of his 2020 exhibition, ART IN THE AGE OF INFLUENCE: Peter Pincus | Sol LeWitt, presented at Ferrin Contemporary?s gallery on the campus of MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA.

View Virtual Tour: ART IN THE AGE OF INFLUENCE: Peter Pincus | Sol LeWitt on Vimeo.

EVERSON MUSEUM OBJECT STUDIES

Peter Pincus in conversation with Garth Johnson, Everson Museum of Art & Anne Forschler, Birmingham Museum of Art. The discussion will include a video tour of “ART IN THE AGE OF INFLUENCE: Peter Pincus | Sol Lewitt” at Ferrin Contemporary with director Leslie Ferrin on the campus of MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA. Pincus will be speaking from his studio in Rochester, NY.

View Ferrin Contemporary & Peter Pincus | In the Everson Museum’s Online Classes & Studio Tours  on Vimeo.

EVERSON MUSEUM OBJECT STUDIES

Garth Johnson, the Everson Museum of Art‘s Paul and Philips and Sharon Sullivan Curator of Ceramics will join Ferrin Contemporary’s director, Leslie Ferrin to discuss the exhibition NATURE/NURTURE and the role of gender in contemporary ceramics. Mara Superior and additional artists from the exhibition will also join in from their studio(s) to discuss their practice and new work in process.

View Ferrin Contemporary & ‘Nature/Nurture’ | In the Everson Museum of Art’s Virtual Class on Vimeo.

LAUREN MABRY | NATURE/NURTURE VIRTUAL TOUR

Virtual Tour of Lauren Mabry’s Glaze Flow Blocks, and cylinders in NATURE/NURTURE, the 2020 group exhibition of twelve contemporary female artists invited to explore the influence of gender and its impact on their practice at Ferrin Contemporary on the campus of MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA.

View Lauren Mabry Nature/Nurture Virtual Tour on Vimeo.

KADRI PÄRNAMETS | NATURE/NURTURE

Virtual Tour of Kadri Pärnamets Moor, Spring Announcers, Noon Dance, Sultry Night, and Waggle Dance in NATURE/NURTURE, the 2020 group exhibition of twelve contemporary female artists invited to explore the influence of gender and its impact on their practice at Ferrin Contemporary on the campus of MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA.

View Kadri Pärnamets Nature/Nurture Virtual Tour on Vimeo.

LINDA SORMIN | NATURE/NURTURE

Virtual Tour of Linda Sormin?s Reshaping Rage (when revenge makes perfect sense) in NATURE/NURTURE, the 2020 group exhibition of twelve contemporary female artists invited to explore the influence of gender and its impact on their practice at Ferrin Contemporary on the campus of MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA.

View Linda Sormin Nature/Nurture Virtual Tour on Vimeo.

LINDA SIKORA | NATURE/NURTURE

Virtual Tour of Linda Sikora‘s Faux Wood Group in NATURE/NURTURE, the 2020 group exhibition of twelve contemporary female artists invited to explore the influence of gender and its impact on their practice at Ferrin Contemporary on the campus of MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA.

View Linda Sikora Nature/Nurture Virtual Tour on Vimeo.

GISELLE HICKS | NATURE/NURTURE

Virtual Tour of Giselle HicksGroup of Vessels in NATURE/NURTURE, the 2020 group exhibition of twelve contemporary female artists invited to explore the influence of gender and its impact on their practice at Ferrin Contemporary on the campus of MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA.

View Giselle Hicks Nature/Nurture Virtual Tour on Vimeo.

GISELLE HICKS | SPHERE FORM PROCESS

This time-lapse video shows how ceramic artist Giselle Hicks builds her Sphere Forms.

View Giselle Hicks’ Sphere Form Process on Vimeo.

Ferrin Contemporary is pleased to present a collection of videos produced by our gallery and various partners, including artists, galleries, museums, and arts organizations on our Vimeo & YouTube Channels.

Launched in the summer of 2020, the collection will continually grow, so please check back for additional content and subscribe to our platforms for notifications of new videos.

OUR AMERICA/WHOSE AMERICA? Featured in the Berkshire Eagle

Artistic Landscape: Turning the lens on mass market ceramics Artists respond to problematic histories, racism of commercial ceramics in Our America/Whose America? Berkshire Eagle, Jennifer Huberdeau September 17-18, 2022 Norman Rockwell's illustrations with their "armies of perfectly imperfect girls" never resonated with artist Niki Johnson, a member of the "Atari 2600" generation, as they peered

Chris Antemann in The Art of Food at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Portland, OR

Chris Antemann's Work Featured in In its most everyday sense, food is a physical necessity, yet its overall significance goes far beyond sustenance. Food is integral to our communities, relationships, cultures, and languages. People interact with food on varying levels. Some of us grow or gather it; more of us buy it. We transform it

Making History: Recent Acquisitions from the Permanent Collection

Summer 2022 - Spring 2023 Fuller Craft Museum 455 Oak Street Brockton, MA Featuring work by Sergei Isupov & Kadri P?rnamets ABOUT THE EXHIBITION Making History: Recent Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection features objects that have been acquired by Fuller Craft Museum since December 2020. Twenty artworks are included in the exhibition, representing a range

Peripheries: EDGES

May 7th- 29th 2022 The Ceramic House 75 Stanmer Villas Brighton BN1 7HN United Kingdom Featuring work by Kadri Pärnamets ABOUT THE EXHIBITION Peripheries launches EDGES, an ambitious international ceramic and sound art project between three nations at the western and eastern edges of Europe: Ireland, Estonia and the UK. EDGES focuses on international exchange and residencies with

Beth Lipman: All In Time | Wichita Art Museum

June 24- September 25, 2022 Wichita Art Museum 1400 West Museum Boulevard Wichita, Kansas USA Opening Day June 25, 2022, 11am-3pm Seeing More Clearly Through Glass Curator Talk July 7, 2022, 6pm ABOUT THE EXHIBITION In celebration of Beth Lipman?whose monumental, 3-ton sculpture?Living History?was recently?unveiled in the museum?s Boeing Foyer?Wichita Art Museum presents All in

Sergei Isupov’s Fire Sculpture & TurnPark Summer Event Featured in the Berkshire Eagle

Sergei Isupov's fire sculpture will light up TurnPark Summer Festival Berkshire Eagle, Jennifer Huberdeau June 3, 2022 "Two clay heads nestle cheek to cheek, hidden inside a tall outdoor wood-fired kiln that has burned since dawn. In the darkness of night, the sides of the kiln are lowered, like petals on a tulip, revealing a

Sergei Isupov: PAST & PRESENT Featured in the Berkshire Eagle

Sculptor Sergei Isupov creates never-ending narratives for the viewer to interpret Berkshire Eagle, Jennifer Huberdeau May 6, 2022 "Sergei Isupov's newest sculptures are tiny universes filled with never-ending narratives in the round. There are men and women engaged in intimate conversations, traveling in cars and on foot; a mechanic fixes a car; a cat looms

MELTING POINT Featured in Destination Williamstown

Arriving at?the MELTING POINT by Destination Williamstown July 20, 2021 "Since re-opening to the public, Ferrin Contemporary has welcomed a record number of visitors to the gallery on the MASS MoCA campus. Their show MELTING POINT is now open and as they prepared for their opening event on Saturday, July 24, we took a minute

MELTING POINT Featured in the Berkshire Eagle

Have we reached the Melting Point? Climate change, social injustice explored in ceramic, glass works at Ferrin Contemporary Berkshire Eagle, Jennifer Huberdeau July 16, 2021 "Pale pink ferns drip down the side of a cornucopia, pooling in glass puddles besides the melting statue. Amber Cowan?s ?Cornucopia in Shell? is on view as part of ?Melting

CRAFTING AMERICA | Crystal Bridges

February 6 - May 31, 2021 Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art 600 Museum Way Bentonville, AR Featuring a newly commissioned work of art by Beth Lipman ABOUT THE EXHIBITION Featuring over 100 works in ceramics, fiber, wood, metal, glass, and more unexpected materials,?Crafting America?presents a diverse and inclusive story of American craft from the

BREAKING THE GLASS CEILING | Notes from Director Leslie Ferrin

Toshiko Takaezu, "Form Blue #31", 1990, porcelain, 19"H Beatrice Wood, "Men are not to be looked at", 1978, colored pencil, pencil on paper, 10.625 H Elsa Rady, "Four Zig Wings", private collection BREAKING THE GLASS CEILING | Notes from Director Leslie Ferrin GLASS CEILINGS WERE BROKEN ? As we emerge from the year spent sheltering

ART IN THE AGE OF INFLUENCE | Notes from Director, Leslie Ferrin

ART IN THE AGE OF INFLUENCE | Notes from Director Leslie Ferrin ART IN THE AGE OF INFLUENCE Art in the Age of Influence?is a series of solo exhibitions presented by Ferrin Contemporary during 2020-21 season, considers the impact of artist?s source materials on their artistic process and practice. Good news! Here in the Berkshires,

BLACK LIVES MATTER | A Note from Director Leslie Ferrin

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NATURE OF NURTURING | Notes from Director, Leslie Ferrin

NATURE OF NURTURING | Notes from Director Leslie Ferrin A renewed awareness and galvanizing commitment for change is surging through American cultural and academic institutions, organizations, and businesses of every sort, exposing the crying need for structural change. Specifically, this includes the advancement of equality for artists of all genders, eliminating the sexual harassment, wage

LIFE IN THE TIME OF COVID | Commemorating Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary

ART & THE CANARY SYNDROME Earth Day 2020 LIFE IN THE TIME OF COVID Commemorating Earth Day's 50th Anniversary Today, on Earth Day's 50th Anniversary, while hunkered down in our pods, we are viewing a live stream of powerful images illustrating issues related to the environment and COVID-19. These images are delivered 24/7 via the

LIFE IN THE TIME OF COVID | BERKSHIRE UPDATE | Stories from the World of MASS MoCA

LIFE IN TIME OF COVID Stories from the World of MASS MoCA Here in our beloved Berkshires ... the museums are closed, performances are canceled and our friends in hospitality don't know when they can safely welcome visitors again. The people who live and work here are furloughed, their jobs in limbo and exhibitions closed.

LIFE IN THE TIME OF COVID | Notes from Director, Leslie Ferrin

LIFE IN THE TIME OF COVID | Leslie Ferrin, director ? ? We are thinking of you, our artists, colleagues and friends. Wherever you are, and hopefully safe, we are all experiencing the new reality of living in a profoundly changed world. We've been hearing of so many challenges in day to day life, fear

SOUVENIR OF SELMA | PAUL SCOTT | New American Scenery

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