String, Felt, Thread: Challenging distinctions between art and craft

We’re sorry we’ve been a little quiet on the blog lately. Fortunately, we have something to show for it:

A few months ago, we were thrilled when Elissa Auther, author of String, Felt, Thread: The Hierarchies of Art and Craft in American Art, agreed to work with us to develop a video about the book and the artists, artworks, and ideas behind it. This book presents an unconventional history of the American art world that chronicles the advance of thread, rope, string, felt and fabric from the “low” world of craft to the “high” world of art in the 1960s and 1970s. It explores such artists as Sheila Hicks, Eva Hesse, Robert Morris, Miriam Schapiro, Senga Nengudi, Barbara Shawcroft, Faith Ringgold, Françoise Grossen, and others who experimented with materials that previously had been dismissed for their associations with the merely decorative, with “arts and crafts,” and with “women’s work.” Within, Auther engages a far-reaching debate: What accounts for the distinction between art and craft?

Without further ado …

Related links:
>> 3 questions with Elissa Auther.
>> More about String, Felt, Thread.

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