My essay for Crystal Bridges’ Crafting America exhibit

I found out that the catalogue for the Crafting America exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is out! The exhibit features “over 100 works in ceramics, fiber, wood, metal, glass, and more unexpected materials, [and] Crafting America presents a diverse and inclusive story of American craft from the 1940s to today.” My essay is entitled, “Embodying Indigenous Identity and Place” and speaks about the problematic history surrounding using the term “craft” for Native American art. That term has devalued Native American art economically, creatively, and ideologically. Instead, I propose shifting to Indigenous-centered epistemologies, etc. The catalogue can be found here.


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