(by Ann Batchelder)
What is the relationship between artist and audience, art and public? How does a creative response to our current place and time in history affect cultural attitudes and sensibilities? These are the types of questions raised by photo+craft KEYNOTE Speaker Namita Gupta Wiggers in Critical Craft Forum.
As Co-founder and Director of Critical Craft Forum, Wiggers has continued to push topics related to socially engaged art to the forefront. Namita Gupta Wiggers also teaches in the Applied Craft + Design MFA Program at Oregon College of Art + Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art and for ten years served as the Director and Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Oregon. Now Wiggers is curating new conversations by bringing together dynamic voices to participate in Critical Craft Forum.
What started in 2008 as a Facebook page, Critial Craft Forum today has over 8,000 members and is fast becoming a vital platform for interactive dialog among contemporary makers of all kinds. In addition to inviting members to report on what is current or share information and resources, Critical Craft Forum underscores the need to address urgent questions in the field.
At the annual College Art Association gatherings, Critical Craft Forum has helped shape the focus and conversation about art and education by hosting discussions such as:
“Textiles, Collaboration, and Social Space,”
“Craft and Social Practice,”
“Curating and Craft: What Happens Now?”
“The Black Craftsman Situation: A Critical Conversation about Race and Craft.”
photo+craft is proud to welcome KEYNOTE Speaker Namita Gupta Wiggers to Asheville. Come hear her (FREE) presentation: “Almost Touch + Virtual Communities: Photo+Craft” on Saturday, April 2 at 5PM (Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, 67 Broadway). Don’t miss it!