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A Closer Look: OBJECTS: USA at 50
Friday, July 19, 2019, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM EDT

Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum for an afternoon symposium featuring scholars, artists, and curators who discuss the importance and legacy of the studio craft exhibition, OBJECTS: USA, which premiered at SAAM in 1969. This groundbreaking exhibition featured more than 500 artworks by 308 American craftspeople. Fifty years later, we look at the impact it had at the time and discuss how it still resonates today.

Event Location: McEvoy Auditorium
Cost: Free; walk-in

Full Schedule
3:00 Welcome and Introductions
3:10 Paul Smith, co-curator of OBJECTS: USA, discusses the history of the exhibition and how it came together.
3:45 Janet Koplos, co-author of MAKERS, explores the impact of the exhibition on the studio craft movement.
4:20 Rosanne Somerson, craft furniture maker and President of the Rhode Island School of Design, talks about how the exhibition impacted her as a craftsperson and the influence of the exhibition on a generation of studio craft artists.
4:50 Break
5:00 Glenn Adamson, independent scholar, Sarah Archer, independent craft writer, and Tanya Aguiñiga, artist, discuss the impact of OBJECTS: USA on the craft world today and how it still resonates within the studio craft movement.
5:30 Question and Answer session with all speakers.

Image credit: June Schwarcz, Apollo's Pool, 1993, enameled electroformed copper foil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Kenneth R. Trapp in honor of June Schwarcz, 2002.85.3