New Blue and White

February 20 – July 14, 2013
MFA Boston

Exhibition of works by 37 artists, pairs or collectives curated by Emily Zilber, Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts, presented with generous support from The Wornick Fund for Contemporary Craft.

Discover contemporary interpretations of blue-and-white ceramics

“sumptuous, conceptually elegant show”—The Boston Globe

“Blue and white” means, at its simplest, cobalt pigment applied to white clay. Over the course of a millennium, blue-and-white porcelain has become one of the most recognized types of ceramic production worldwide. With roots in the Islamic world and Asia, and strong presence in Europe and the Americas, various cultures adapted blue-and-white, from the Willow pattern to isznik. Taking inspiration from global blue-and-white traditions, today’s artists continue the story, creating works that speak to contemporary ideas. They tackle diverse issues, ranging from the public (the political landscape, cross-cultural interchange), to the personal (family, memory, the act of collecting), to the aesthetic (abstraction, pattern, the role of decoration). “New Blue and White” explores the ways in which contemporary makers, working in ceramics as well as other media ranging from fiber to furniture to glass, have explored this rich body of material culture. An international selection of artists and designers is featured in the exhibition, and recent acquisitions of work by the ceramic sculptor Chris Antemann and fashion designers Rodarte are drawn from the MFA’s own collection.

For more information and available works by gallery artists featured in the exhibition visit the website and gallery.

Robin Best
Stephen Bowers
Claire Curneen
Michelle Erickson
Molly Hatch
Giselle Hicks
Paul Scott
Vipoo Srivilasa
Steven Young Lee
Kurt Weiser


MEET ME AT… New Blue and White | Boston
Artist: Robin Best
Visiting Artist Lecture and Behind-the-Scenes private tours with artists and curators

Tuesday, July 9
3 – 4:30 Harvard Museum of Natural Sciences, Blaschka Flowers and Minerals with curator Ethan Lasser

5:30 – 6:30 Artist talk with Robin Best at the Ceramics Program – Office for the Arts at Harvard

Dinner TBA

Wednesday, July 10

10 – 12:00 Michael Lin Freeport Project | Peabody Essex Museum with curators, Trevor Smith and Dean Lahikainen

2:00 – 4:00 New Blue and White |  Museum of Fine Arts with curator Emily Zilber

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Leslie Ferrin

cell 413.446.0614