Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft, and Design, Mid-Century to Today
Polly Apfelbaum, Handweavers Pattern Book installation, 2014, Textiles: marker on rayon silk velvet, Ceramic beads on embroidery thread, Courtesy of the artist and Clifton Benevento, Photo by Andres Ramirez.
The Museum of Arts and Design opened a very interesting show a few months back that was recently reviewed by Katherine Brooks for The Huffington Post. She highlights 14 women who have changed the way we think about craft and design, although they are still often overlooked in official histories of these fields.
MAD’s show, “Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft and Design, Mid-Century and Today,” includes over 100 objects by women who have produced groundbreaking work in the field of design and in materials and techniques traditionally defined as craft. The show also includes works by artists such as Polly Apfelbaum, Michelle Grabner, and Magdalene Odundo, all of whom are distinguished in the contemporary art world for their refusal of the distinctions between the “high” and “low” (art and craft or art and decoration, in particular) that have historically excluded women from the art historical canon.