Museum of Contemporary Craft!
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Its been a few weeks but I finally made it to the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland Oregon.
The museum is located in the Pear District and it was a bit smaller than I had inticipated, but the exhibits were well thought out and the space was beautifuly designed.
The MOCC consists of two floors. A small gallery space downstairs next to a larger museum shop and a large gallery upstairs with a conference type space and a hallway with some additional pieces.
For those who are not aware of which arts count as "fine arts" and which count more towards "Crafts"
Craft Art tends to be Glass, Woodworking, Fabric (Knitting, felting, quilting, embrodery, etc etc) Ceramics, Some Paper arts and Metal smithing - not large bronze or weilded pieces. The term Craft use to be somewhat negative and low in the art world, but in recent years there has been a fantastic push and outpour by contemporary crafters and the genre has the typical Fine arts running for their brushes! The Crafts can be fine art in quality but there is something that tends to feel more down to earth and rustic about it.
The MOCC had a great down to earth atmostphere. The attendees would knit while sitting in the gallery spaces or at the fron desk. Def not something you would see at any other art museum. The people were extremely amiable and appraochable - like crafts!
As of today there were two exhibits Design with the other 90%: cities and Erik Gronborg
Erik Gronborg's work were ceramics going back to the 1960's. His style was "Sloppy Craft" which is textural and beautifully inmperfect. Edges were rough, forms were atypical and the colors were bold. It would be difficult for anyone to be bored looking at Gronborg's ceramics pieces. Even the pieces created 50 years ago look and feel fresh and exciting.
Design with the other 90%:Cities - was an architectual exhibit showcasing some of the most impoverish cities in the world and the work that many grassroot architect/ community programs achieve to imporove the environment and sense of community one neighborhood at a time. it was not an exhibit that I expected at a Craft museum - since it doesn't really translate as a craft - but I was very pleased with the displays and informative models. its always eager to see how inspired people work to sove serious problems creatively!
The admissions for the MOCC is $4 and donations are accepted. If you are a student you can get a small discount. Def worth checking out if you are in the city.