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Wendell Castle, Lectern, 1975, cherry, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Leatrice S. and Melvin B. Eagle Collection, gift of Leatrice and Melvin Eagle. © Wendell Castle, Inc.

Panel Discussion “Beyond Craft: Decorative Arts from the Leatrice S. and Melvin B. Eagle Collection”

Saturday, Feb 22, 2014
11 a.m. - Noon

Law Building, Lower Level
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

Renowned artists Wendell Castle, a leader in studio furniture, and Adrian Saxe, a celebrated ceramicist, join craft scholar Janet Koplos and Museum curator Cindi Strauss for this discussion. The panelists examine issues in craft’s evolution and how the artistic and critical foundations laid during the postwar era affected these artists’ personal work over time and the craft field at large. Both artists are represented in the exhibition Beyond Craft: Decorative Arts from the Leatrice S. and Melvin B. Eagle Collection.

After World War II, the field of studio craft experienced tremendous growth and transformation, which was spurred by artists who moved away from traditional aesthetics and notions of utility to explore the greater artistic potential of their chosen medium. The result of this revolution was a new philosophy that highlighted individual expression and diversity of form and content as artists incorporated new techniques, materials, and influences ranging from Modernism to contemporary culture in their work. The 1960s to 1980s were particularly important decades for studio craft as the burgeoning field gained recognition through museum exhibitions and publications, public and private collections, and galleries. Questions about the content of this lecture? E-mail

This lecture is free with Museum admission. Secure your seat in advance! Use the "Get Tickets" button above and print at home; call 713.639.7771; or visit any MFAH admissions desk.

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All education programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receive endowment income from funds provided by Caroline Wiess Law; The National Endowment for the Humanities; the William Randolph Hearst Foundation; the Fondren Foundation; BMC Software, Inc.; the Wallace Foundation; the Louise Jarrett Moran Bequest; the Neal Myers and Ken Black Children’s Art Fund; the Favrot Fund; and Gifts in honor of Beth Schneider.