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Object Records: Selections from the Museum of Contemporary Craft Cataloging Initiative

May 4, 2017 - Apr 28, 2018


511 Building - Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design

Center for Contemporary Art & Culture

Free and Open to the Public


511 NW Broadway
Portland, Oregon, 97209   [map]

Cataloging is a contradictory process. The theoretical structure is rigid and prescriptive, but always requires flexibility to meet a collection’s needs in practice. It is objective and clinical, but requires deep and intimate interaction with the work to achieve that ideal.

In 2016, the Center for Contemporary Art & Culture undertook an initiative to catalog the Museum of Contemporary Craft’s 1300+ object permanent collection in full. This exhibition is comprised of works that have been selected by lead archivist Hannah Finegold as those most reflective of this process: structured and careful, but organic, tactile, fluid. Meticulous and incremental, but always with an eye toward the whole.

This effort was made possible in part by The Ford Family Foundation and the Oregon Cultural Trust.

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ABOUT THE PERMANENT COLLECTION: The permanent collection of Museum of Contemporary Craft represents 75+ years of craft and design works and is strongest in ceramics, particularly mid-century works by artists early in their careers, including Peter Voulkos, Robert Sperry, Patti Warashina, and Frances Senska.

Selected highlights include: ceramics by Gertrud and Otto Natzler, Lucie Rie, Finn Lyngaard, Toshiko Takaezu; wood by Bob Stocksdale; glass by Lino Tagliapietra, Dominic Labino, Ben Moore, Joe Feddersen; textiles by Jack Lenor Larsen, Helen Bitar; jewelry by Kiff Slemmons, Kate Wagle, and Ramona Solberg.