Gabriel Craig (B.F.A. '06 with emphasis in Metals/Jewelry) was featured in 40 under 40: Craft Futures at the Renwick Gallery in Washington DC earlier this year.
40 under 40: Craft Futures features forty artists born since 1972, the year the Smithsonian American Art Museum's contemporary craft and decorative arts program was established at its branch museum, the Renwick Gallery. The exhibition investigates evolving notions of craft within traditional media such as ceramics and metalwork, as well as in fields as varied as sculpture, industrial design, installation art, fashion design, sustainable manufacturing, and mathematics. The range of disciplines represented illustrates new avenues for the handmade in contemporary culture.
All of the artworks selected for display in the exhibition were created since Sept. 11, 2001. This new work reflects the changed world that exists today, which poses new challenges and considerations for artists. These 40 artists are united by philosophies for living differently in modern society with an emphasis on sustainability, a return to valuing the hand-made and what it means to live in a state of persistent conflict and unease.
Nicholas R. Bell, The Fleur and Charles Bresler Curator of American Craft and Decorative Art at the Renwick Gallery, organized the exhibition. The museum hopes to acquire works by every artist featured in the exhibition to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the Renwick Gallery.
Select works from 40 under 40: Craft Futures provided inspiration to the designers of Washington Design Center's 2012 DreamHome. Visit dcdesigncenter.com for more information.
The Smithsonian Channel takes us behind-the-scenes to experience the challenges and rewards of bringing together 40 artists at the top of their craft. 40 Under 40 debuts Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 at 9 p.m. A special sneak preview screening is Jan. 10, 2013 at 4 p.m. in the museum's McEvoy Auditorium (8th and F Streets NW).
The exhibition catalog is written by Bell, with contributions from Julia Bryan-Wilson, associate professor of art history at the University of California, Berkeley; Douglas Coupland, Canadian novelist, visual artist and designer; Bernard L. Herman, the George B. Tindall Distinguished Professor of American Studies and Folklore at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and Michael J. Prokopow, associate professor at OCAD University, Toronto. The book is distributed by Yale University Press and is available online for $50 (hardcover).