Art in the Age of Influence: GREGG MOORE | The Shakers

July 16 - September 3, 2020

GREGG MOORE | The Shakers 
July 16 – September 3, 2020

Conversation with artist and curator followed by reception  
Thursday, July 16, 5 – 7 pm 

A solo exhibition of new works in response to Shaker design in conjunction with By Design: The Enduring Shaker Legacy at Hancock Shaker Village curated by Sarah Margolis-Pineo. 

Moore’s work at Ferrin Contemporary will include new works based on direct research into historical utilitarian objects in the Hancock Shaker Village collection as well as selected works from his ongoing series of utilitarian bone china vessels. 

ABOUT By Design: The Enduring Shaker Legacy

on view May 24 – November 1, 2020 at Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield, MA

Hancock Shaker Village presents an exhibition highlighting the finest examples of Shaker craftsmanship alongside works by contemporary designers and makers whose practices speak to Shaker aesthetics and ideals. A featured component of By Design is Gregg Moore: Bread-and-Butter Shaker, an installation of work by Philadelphia-based artist Gregg Moore that explores the relationship between farms, food, and ceramics. A butter churn of black porcelain, plates textured with the impressions of grazing livestock, and 52 translucent bone china cups displayed on a Shaker trestle table—works in view illustrating Moore’s ongoing investigation into the ways that ceramic techniques and forms have evolved in tandem with regional agricultural operations and culinary practices. The title, Bread-and-Butter Shaker, is a nod to the abundant meals served by the Shakers in the 19th century—a crucial tool for recruiting temporary converts, or “bread-and-butter” Shakers. Too, Moore’s work draws reference to the agrarian history of Hancock Shaker Village, which was supported by its dairy industry and led to the construction of a number of buildings, including the iconic Round Stone Barn.

Artists Featured in By Design include: Cynthia Alberto; Thomas Barger; Ladies & Gentlemen Studio; Anne Lindberg; Heide Martin; Mary Mattingly; Gregg Moore; Nakashima Woodworkers; Laura Sansone & New York Textile Lab; Ian Stell; Studio Gorm; Christopher Specce; Swamp Press; Emmet van Driesche.

 By Design is sponsored by Mill Town, Balance Rock Investment Group, The Dobbins Foundation, and Hill Engineers, Architects, Planners, Inc.

GREGG MOORE | The Shakers  is the second in Ferrin Contemporary’s Art in the Age of Influence, a series of solo exhibitions taking place throughout 2020-21. In each show, the series presents a body of work that focuses on an artists’ single source of inspiration.


Gregg Moore, Bone China, 2019