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Museum of Contemporary Craft: Exhibition on Bowls

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Museum of Contemporary Craft
724 NW Davis Street

March 7 through September 21, 2013


The Museum of Contemporary Craft, in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) opens the second exhibition in its Object Focus series, Object Focus: The Bowl, on March 7, 2013.

This two-part exhibition, featuring nearly 200 bowls, focuses attention on the most commonplace of objects, asking us to consider the ubiquitous bowl in new ways. As artist and PNCA professor M.K. Guth has pointed out, the history of the bowl is the history of civilization. Yet because it holds our cereal, our soup, our tea, our spare change, it becomes so familiar as to be overlooked. Through a variety of engaging activities, Object Focus: The Bowl invites the viewer to connect the work on display in the Museum with the bowl in his or her everyday life. The bowls on view range from the functional to the decorative, industrially produced to handmade, and span the globe geographically and culturally.

Part One: Reflect + Respond, March 7-August 3, 2013
The first part of the exhibition pairs bowls from the Museum's collection and local collectors with short narratives written by chefs, anthropologists, poets, critics, makers, and curators.

Part Two: Engage + Use, May 16-September 21, 2013
The second part of the exhibition explores the social role of bowls through the contemporary project-based work of Michael Strand, Ayumi Horie, and the Craft Mystery Cult.