Underneath Everything: Humility and Grandeur in Contemporary Ceramics

Featuring work by

Rae Stern
Anina Major

During an artist lecture in December 2021, Theaster Gates evoked a fascinating paradox in contemporary ceramics practice. Clay is the humblest of materials, often overlooked and more readily associated with a morning cup of coffee than with the international art world. But it is underneath everything. There is an expansiveness to work made or based in this medium, as artists push the limitations of clay, attaching layers of conceptual meaning and playing with the boundaries between ceramics and other media including film, photography, painting, performance, and installation.

This exhibition features artworks that honor the humility of the medium while simultaneously evoking a sense of grandeur and possibility. Organized to coincide with the Art Center’s 75th anniversary, “Underneath Everything” will celebrate the robust ceramics tradition in Iowa, featuring work by artists with local connections alongside those working nationally and internationally.

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