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"Near & Dear" and Material Culture: Artists as Researchers

Image: Brian Zegeer,  The Golden Hour  (detail), 2017. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Anqi Peng

Image: Brian Zegeer, The Golden Hour (detail), 2017. Courtesy of the artist.
Photo: Anqi Peng

"Near & Dear" and Material Culture: Artists as Researchers

A Conversation with Glenn Adamson and Sheila Pepe

Wednesday, October 25, 7 PM

Using the exhibition Near & Dear as a starting point, Glenn Adamson and Sheila Pepe discuss the amorous connections artists make with signifying materials and objects. Participating artists Jennifer Paige Cohen, Rachel Stern and Brian Zegeer will also take part in the conversation.


Glenn Adamson is a curator, writer and historian based in Brooklyn, who works across the fields of design, craft and contemporary art. Currently Senior Scholar at the Yale Center for British Art, and Editor-at-Large of The Magazine Antiques, he has previously been Director of the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; Head of Research at the V&A; and Curator at the Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee. His publications include Art in the Making (2016, co-authored with Julia Bryan Wilson); Invention of Craft (2013); Postmodernism: Style and Subversion (2011); The Craft Reader (2010); and Thinking Through Craft (2007). His next book, Fewer Better Things, will be published by Bloomsbury in August 2018.

Sheila Pepe is a cross-disciplinary artist employing conceptualism, surrealism, and craft to address feminist and class issues. Solo exhibitions include the Smith College Museum of Art and Weatherspoon Art Museum. Group exhibitions include the first "Greater New York” (PS1/MoMA); "Hand + Made: The Performative Impulse in Art & Craft," Contemporary Art Museum Houston; "Queer Threads." Leslie Lohman Museum of Lesbian and Gay Art as well as commissions for the 8th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale, and “Artisterium," Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia.“Hot Mess Formalism,” a mid-career survey, with a book distributed by Prestel, is currently on view at the Phoenix Art Museum. The show will travel to the Everson Museum and Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in 2018.

This event takes place in conjunction with Near & Dear (September 15 - October 28, 2017).