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Hand-decorated tile by Bernard Leach, 1963Courtesy of The Estate of Bernard Leach/York Museums Trust via Wikimedia Commons. (CC-BY-SA 3.0)

POSTPONED : After Difference

Apr 9 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


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

CCA&C Lectures

511 NW Broadway
Portland, Oregon, 97209   [map]

Taking ceramic works by artists Shoji Hamada and Bernard Leach from the Museum of Contemporary Craft collection as her material departure point, Lucy Cotter will unpick the complexity of their renowned “East-West dialogue” in a lecture- performance that provokes reflection on the economy of cultural identities and sanctioned “difference” in creating artistic value.

Intertwining tales of Hamada and Leach’s transnational collaboration with critical self-reflections on her own cultural journeys, she will inhabit gaps between the edited narratives of the art industry and the tangle of misrepresentation, class privilege, friendship, and ambition through which cultural narratives unfold in lived time.

Lucy Cotter is an independent writer, curator, and artist, currently based in Portland, Oregon. She was curator of the Dutch Pavilion, 57th Venice Biennale (2017) and is author of Reclaiming Artistic Research (2019). 

This project is in conjunction with The Unknown Artist exhibition, currently on view at the Center for Contemporary Art & Culture, curated by Lucy Cotter.