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Symposium

The Craft Museum: Ideals and Practice

March 13, 2015
McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

This symposium will examine the role of the craft museum in modern culture. Coinciding with the renovation of the Renwick Gallery, the Smithsonian’s national craft museum, this program seeks a lively dialogue on craft’s institutional mission, and the execution of programming devoted to the collection, conservation, presentation, and study of craft. The issue of how to interpret the field of craft in a museum setting is increasingly urgent as the boundaries of its teaching, practice, reception, and the discipline’s very definition shift dramatically in the first quarter of the 21st century.

Learn more about the prior, 2012 Renwick Symposium: Nation Building: Craft and Contemporary American Culture.