guest post: Ceramic Research Center Makes A Move by Tom Budzak

The exhibition space at the CRC Brickyard

Ceramic Research Center Makes A Move
by Tom Budzak (www.tombudzak.com)
photos by Melissa Budzak

 

The exhibition space at the CRC Brickyard

The exhibition space at the CRC Brickyard

A view of the display cases and works by Jun Kaneko

With over 3,500 pieces from the 1950s to the present, the ASU Art
Museum’s Ceramic Research Center houses one of the most significant
collections of contemporary ceramics in the U.S.  As you can imagine,
when the center needed to relocate a mile down the road due to
construction near campus it was no small feat. The new location, know as
the Brickyard, provides the same access for students, scholars and the
public for research and inspiration.  There is open storage of the
permanent collection and a exhibition space for curated shows.  There is
something for everyone in the CRC’s collection; hours can be lost
looking through the cabinets at the truly impressive mixture of ceramic
pieces.  The new, larger space allowed for the addition of a retail shop
that showcases talented local and national ceramic artists. 

Polka-Dot Mushroom. Allan Widenhofer, 1967, glazed stoneware 19×13 inches

Discover America. Erik Gronborg, 1972, glazed earthenware, lusters, 3 ¼ x 13 ¼ x 15 3/8 inches

 In addition to a change in location, there will soon be a change in
curator.  In his final show as curator prior to his retirement after 11
years, Peter Held pulled together a fantastic show centered on the idea
of  the passion and compulsion in people to collect.  The show, These
Are Some of My Favorite Things, features permanent collection pieces
alongside eight collections on loan from private collectors.  The show
highlights cabinets of curiosities, knickknacks, and creative tableaus
from local artists, designers and the public-at-large. There are kitschy
pieces, wood, watercolors, found objects and, of course, ceramic
works.  The eight collections on loan include: Cyndi Coon (small white
objects); Emily Long (vintage Arizona objects); Gretchen Freeman (folk
and naïve art); Mark Klett (sunrise sticks); Randall and Katherine
Schmidt (military trench art); Joe Willie Smith (African folk and naïve
art); Kathleen Vanesian (Mexican folk art) and Kurt Weiser (childhood
and travel memorabilia).  All of the collections have their own appeal,
but Kurt Weiser’s collection of odds and ends is delightful and a great
incite into possible inspiration in the studio.

One of Kurt Weiser’s cabinets from his studio show the items from childhood and travel memorabilia that serve as inspiration.

One of Kurt Weiser’s cabinets from his studio show the items from childhood and travel memorabilia that serve as inspiration.
Cyndi Coon’s collection of small white objects evoke a peaceful nostalgia and show her eye for design.

Cyndi Coon’s collection of small white objects evoke a peaceful nostalgia and show her eye for design.

  The pieces that were chosen by Peter Held from the permanent collection
focused on the Funk Movement of ceramics.  The Funk Movement is one of
Held’s favorite time periods in the growth in the American studio
ceramics. Robert Arneson at the University of California-Davis
influenced the Funk Movement greatly, guiding students to explore new
areas in the medium. Fittingly, one of the stand out pieces was Robert
Arneson’s “House Box” from 1966 (Stoneware, Luster that measures 8 ½ x 8
x 5 ¾ inches).  Other artists included in the show are Fred Bauer,
David Gilhooly, Erik Gronborg, Peter VandenBerge and Patti Warashina.

Firey. Sergei Isupov, 2009, stoneware, stain, glaze, 25 ¾ x 19 ½ x18 inches

The cases at the CRC are currently organized by the decade, so viewers can take a tour of ceramics from 1950 to the present.

Firey. Sergei Isupov, 2009, stoneware, stain, glaze, 25 ¾ x 19 ½ x18 inches

The Museum Store showcases talented local and national ceramic artists.

A view of one of the display cabinets featuring present day ceramics.

The show opened on July 19th and the closing reception is on October 4th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

ASU Art Museum Brickyard

699 South Mill Ave, Suite 108, Tempe, AZ
480.965.7092
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The ASU Art Museum is part of the Herberger 
Institute for Design and the Arts at
 Arizona State University.

job posting: Curator of Ceramics

The ASU Art Museum at Arizona State University invites applications
for Curator of Ceramics, according to a University job posting. Founded
in 1950, the ASU Art Museum was named “the single most impressive venue
for contemporary art in Arizona” by Art in America magazine. The ASU Art
Museum is an integral part of the ASU Herberger Institute for Design
and the Arts at Arizona State University, a Research One Institution.

The Ceramics Center, a unit of the museum, was established in 2002
and houses the museum’s extensive modern and contemporary studio
ceramics collection, considered to be the finest in the United States,
the posting states. The mission of the Center is to present, interpret
and research ceramics within the broader context of contemporary art and
then disseminate these activities for ASU students, the Phoenix
community, scholars, artists and visitors worldwide. By presenting
exhibitions, making the permanent collection accessible and by
documenting ceramic activity through its archives, the Center plays a
leadership role in inspiring an appreciation of studio ceramics while
connecting to broader communities, disciplines and ideas.

Candidates must have master’s degrees in art, art history, design or
museum studies; strong interests in the history of craft and/or design
with five years (assistant rank) or seven years (associate rank)
experience in an art museum or related field; evidence of original
research and publication in the field of contemporary ceramics and/or
craft; proven records in attracting significant development support and
funding; and proven knowledge of professional museum practices.

Applicants must send or email a letter of application, a resume with
exhibition and publication lists and the names and contact information
of three references to: Chair of Curator of Ceramics Search Committee,
ASU Art Museum, P.O. Box 872911, Tempe, Ariz. 85287-2911 or
heather.lineberry@asu.edu

The application deadline is April 7, 2014; if not filled, every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed.

via Cfile Online