Press Releases

TIFF MASSEY’S MONUMENTAL JEWELRY EXPLORES CULTURAL APPROPRIATION, AUTHENTICITY, AND THE LEGACY OF “BLING”

Posted March 4, 2019 in Press Releases

Tiff Massey:  A Different World
June 1 – August 25, 2019
Front Gallery
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Exhibition Reception
Friday, May 31, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
The evening will also feature the opening of Justin Favela: All You Can Eatin the Main Gallery and open studios by the current resident artists.  Beer generously provided by Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.

Artist Talk with Tiff Massey
Saturday, June 1, 3:30 – 5:00 PM
Tiff Massey will give a brief overview of her work, influences, and multi-disciplinary artistic practice.

Hours & Admission
Open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday, 12 – 5 PM. Closed on major holidays. Admission is free.

Links

(HOUSTON, TX) March 4, 2019 – Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present Tiff Massey: A Different World, a solo exhibition by the interdisciplinary artist and metalsmith. The first exhibition of Massey’s artwork in Texas, A Different World showcases three bodies of work that reference the material culture of nostalgic pasts, from 1980s hip hop to African hair braiding. Informed primarily by jewelry, Massey’s diverse artistic practice deftly renders her observations on race and class in contemporary American culture. Continue Reading »

JUSTIN FAVELA’S PLAYFUL PIÑATA SCULPTURES EXPLORE THE POLITICS OF TEX-MEX IN “ALL YOU CAN EAT”

Posted March 4, 2019 in Press Releases

Justin Favela:  All You Can Eat
June 1 – August 25, 2019
Main Gallery
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Exhibition Reception
Friday, May 31, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
The evening will also feature the opening of Tiff Massey:  A Different World in the Front Gallery and open studios by the current resident artists.  Beer generously provided by Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.

Hours & Admission
Open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday, 12 – 5 PM. Closed on major holidays. Admission is free.

Links

(HOUSTON, TX) March 4, 2019 – Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present “All You Can Eat,” a solo exhibition by mixed-media artist Justin Favela.  Featuring larger-than-life piñatasdepicting a visual feast of Tex-Mex cuisine, from “nachos supreme” to “chili con carne,” this site-specific installation, which is both playful and challenging, is intended to generate conversation about popular culture, the politics of food, and the Latinx experience in the U.S. Continue Reading »

HCCC CHOSEN AS FIRST U.S. VENUE TO HOST CONTEMPORARY DANISH JEWELRY COLLECTION

Posted February 12, 2019 in Press Releases

Statecraft: Selections from the Jewelry Collection of the Danish Arts Foundation

March 15 – June 2, 2019

Asher Gallery
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Asher Gallery will close in-store retail sales and serve as an exhibition space during this time period.

Hours & Admission

Open Wednesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday, 12 – 5 PM.

Admission is free. Closed major holidays.

(HOUSTON, TX) February 12, 2019 – This spring, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to host a collection of exquisite contemporary art jewelry, assembled for the first time in the United States, from the Danish Arts Foundation. On view March 15 – June 2, 2019, in the Asher Gallery, Statecraft will showcase more than 80 important pieces of contemporary jewelry that the Foundation’s Craft and Design Committee has acquired directly from the country’s most innovative and prominent designers and artists over the last five decades. Continue Reading »

CONTEMPORARY FUNCTIONAL CERAMICS DEMONSTRATE UNIQUENESS, INDEPENDENT SPIRIT & SOCIAL RELEVANCE FOUND IN HANDMADE OBJECTS

Posted November 28, 2018 in Press Releases

To Be of Use: The Functional Ceramics of Mike Helke, Ayumi Horie, and East Fork

February 2 – May 12, 2019

Front Gallery
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Exhibition Reception
Friday, February 1, 5:30 – 8:00 PM

The evening will also feature the opening of Tom Loeser: Please Please Please in the Main Gallery and open studios by the current resident artists.  Beer generously provided by Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.

Hours & Admission

Open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday, 12 – 5 PM. Closed on major holidays. Admission is free.

(HOUSTON, TX) November 29, 2018 – This spring, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents To Be of Use: The Functional Ceramics of Mike Helke, Ayumi Horie, and East Fork, a group exhibition that demonstrates the uniqueness, independent spirit, and social relevance found in the handmade, as it compares the different creative paths taken by three makers of contemporary functional ceramics.

As one of the earliest forms of material engineering developed by humankind, ceramics and the production of functional objects has been central to humans’ use of clay throughout history. Since the Industrial Revolution, however, the necessity of handmade ceramic ware has been diminished, just as the development of plastics has made the many ceramic forms originally used for storage obsolete. To make functional pieces by hand today is a choice made by the artist to go against the current of all other means of mass production, and the decision by the user to purchase these pieces represents a clear desire for the unique qualities of the one-of-a-kind over the ubiquity of all other options.

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PLAYFUL FURNITURE EXHIBITION SHAKES THINGS UP AT HCCC

Posted November 11, 2018 in Press Releases

Tom Loeser: Please Please Please
February 2 – May 12, 2019
Main Gallery
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Exhibition Reception
Friday, February 1, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
The evening will also feature open studios by the current resident artists.  Beer generously provided by Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.

Hours & Admission
Open Wednesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday, 12 – 5 PM.
Admission is free. Closed major holidays.

(HOUSTON, TX) November 7, 2018 — This spring, in partnership with the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents Tom Loeser: Please Please Please, a traveling exhibition of the Wisconsin-based maker and designer’s imaginative furniture and works on paper. The playful show encourages viewers to shake up their habits and interact with the environment and one another, while considering issues such as body posture and etiquette that are often taken for granted. Loeser’s work also raises a clever question: “If the furniture we sit on every day were totally different, would our lives be different, too?”

Guest curated by Glenn Adamson, Please Please Please reimagines what furniture can be by juxtaposing the artist’s furniture with his series of pyrographs and cyanotype prints. “In making this exhibition,” says Adamson, “we have been inspired by Loeser’s way of turning furniture upside-down and inside-out. This is partly about understanding the medium’s full potential, and partly about sheer enjoyment. It’s a show that children and adults alike will love.” Continue Reading »

HANDS-ON HOUSTON FAMILY FESTIVAL CELEBRATING COLOR IN CRAFT

Posted October 31, 2018 in Press Releases

WHAT:  Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to host its eighth annual HANDS-ON HOUSTON FAMILY FESTIVAL, a free community event. Families and visitors of all ages are invited to this fun day of indoor/outdoor activities. This year, HCCC celebrates the use of color in craft with hands-on activities, demonstrations by local artists, and more.

WHEN:  Saturday, November 3, 2018, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

WHERE:  Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX  77002; 713.529.4848

ADMISSION:  FREE

EVENT WEB PAGE:  https://www.crafthouston.org/events/famfest18/

DETAILS: 

  • Learn a variety of techniques for adding color to craft mediums
  • Have fun with hands-on activities:
    • Design and glaze your own ceramic tile
    • Join the Houston Handweavers Guild to dye fabric using natural materials from the Craft Garden
    • Make your own sheet of marbled paper
  • Join Houston Metal Arts Guild to learn about patina techniques
  • Learn about experimental dyeing techniques with local fashion designer Isabel Wilson
  • View the fall exhibition, CraftTexas 2018, in the main galleries
  • Shop for one-of-a-kind gifts and home décor in the Asher Gallery
  • Enjoy food and refreshments on site from Gypsy Wagon and Good Pop

PARKING: The HCCC parking lot will be blocked off for activities and food trucks, but street parking is available nearby.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Follow HCCC on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram @CraftHouston. To follow the event online and share your images, please use #HandsOnHouston.

SPONSORS:  Ceramic tiles are generously provided by Daltile, and glazes are provided by AMACO. Continue Reading »

HCCC Names María-Elisa Heg Curatorial Fellow for 2018 – 2021

Posted October 25, 2018 in Press Releases

(HOUSTON, TX) October 24, 2018 — Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to announce the appointment of María-Elisa Heg as the next HCCC curatorial fellow. Heg is an illustrator and cartoonist who has been a co-organizer of Zine Fest Houston since 2012. She is currently a MA candidate in the Arts Leadership program at the University of Houston. In 2009, she received a BA in medieval studies, as well as a BA in visual and dramatic arts, from Rice University. Since then, she has been active in various capacities as an activist and artist, featured in shows at the Blaffer Art Museum, CentralTrak, Hardy & Nance Studios, Matchbox Gallery, and the Caroline Collective. Her research and curatorial interests are rooted in social practice, focusing on strategies for the decolonization of art, self-publishing, and lifting up artists and other groups who have been marginalized in mainstream society. In her new role, which begins November 26th, Heg will work with HCCC Curator Kathryn Hall to conduct research as well as develop and install exhibitions over the three-year fellowship. Hall commented, “MaríaElisa brings enthusiasm to the position, as well as a keen eye for recognizing emerging talent. We are delighted to have her join the HCCC team, and we look forward to the valuable contributions she will make
during her tenure here.” Continue Reading »

POSTMODERNISM INSPIRES GEOMETRY, ORNAMENTATION & FORM IN CRAFT OBJECTS

Posted October 13, 2018 in Press Releases

After Memphis: Crafted Postmodern
October 13, 2018 – January 13, 2019

Artist Hall
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Opening Day Lecture
Saturday, October 13, 2018, 3:00-4:00 PM
“Postmodernism & Radical Design” with Cindi Strauss, Curator and Director of Decorative Arts, Craft and Design at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Hours & Admission
Open Wednesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday, 12 – 5 PM.

Admission is free. Closed major holidays.

(Houston, TX) September 11, 2018 — Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present After Memphis: Crafted Postmodern, a group exhibition that traces the legacy of radical design and Postmodernism in contemporary craft. Featuring six U.S. artists—Courtney Banh, Dee Clements, Jenny Mulder, Jessica Ninci, Christin Ripley, and Erin Lynn Smith—the exhibition takes the form of a showroom, featuring objects ranging from marbled-fabric furniture and neon lighting fixtures to basket-woven rugs and ceramic vessels.

Postmodernism arose in the late 1960s as a critical departure from the austerity and formalism of Modernist architecture and design. This period was uniquely defined by architects who worked in an interdisciplinary mode of object and houseware design. Collectives of radical designers and architects formed to develop an alternative visual language to Modernism’s strict minimalism, championing experimentation, ornamentation, conceptualism, irony, and design elements that did not serve structural function. In the 1980s, one of the most influential postmodern collectives was the Memphis Group, an Italian design and architecture group that designed furniture, fabrics, ceramics, glass, and metal objects.

Today, contemporary craft artists have harnessed Postmodernism’s critical design ideologies and are applying them in a new context, with an emphasis on the hand. After Memphis highlights the shift in design objects from those that incorporated industrial materials to those that are nimble, malleable to their materials and processes, and embody elements of improvisation and performance. For example, in her soft sculpture and upholstered furniture, Christin Ripley employs suminagashi, a Japanese water-marbling technique that creates an effect of sinuous stone, pebble, or terrazzo patterning. The organic lines of her soft sculptures defy associations with established furniture forms and bring to mind the anti-design ideologies of early radical design collectives like Archizoom. Erin Lynn Smith, on the other hand, builds sinuous, patterned ceramic bases that culminate in exposed incandescent bulbs and twisted neon forms. Her lighting fixtures, while thoroughly contemporary, embrace the postmodern architectural tenets of communication, sensuality, and ornamentation.

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PRESS RELEASE—ANELE’S GARMENTS PUSH BOUNDARIES, INVITE SENSE OF WONDER

Posted June 28, 2018 in Press Releases

Anele: I Don’t Play That Game
July 27 – October 7, 2018
Artist Hall
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Fashion Show & Reception
Thursday, August 2, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Fashion show begins at 6:30 PM. The evening will also feature open studios by the current resident artists.  Beer generously provided by Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.

Hours & Admission
Open Wednesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday, 12 – 5 PM.
Admission is free. Closed major holidays.

Links

(HOUSTON, TX) June 28, 2018 — Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is pleased to present B. Anele: I Don’t Play That Game, a solo exhibition of the Houston-based transdisciplinary artist’s most recent work, ranging from raw-canvas sculptural garments and portraiture to soft sculpture. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fashion show that takes place within the installation on the evening of Thursday, August 2nd. Continue Reading »

PRESS RELEASE—”CRAFTTEXAS 2018″ OFFERS SURPRISING VARIETY

Posted June 27, 2018 in Press Releases

CRAFTTEXAS 2018
September 29, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Main and Front Galleries
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002

Exhibition Reception
Friday, September 28, 5:30 – 8:00 PM
The evening will also feature open studios by the current resident artists.  Beer generously provided by Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.

Hours & Admission
Open Wednesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM, and Sunday, 12 – 5 PM.
Admission is free. Closed major holidays.

Links

(HOUSTON, TX) June 29, 2018 This fall, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) presents CraftTexas 2018, the tenth in a series of biennial juried exhibitions showcasing the best in Texas-made contemporary craft. Juried by Jennifer Scanlan, Curatorial and Exhibitions Director at Oklahoma Contemporary, the show features 50 works by 36 artists and includes a wide range of sculpture, jewelry, and furniture, with a strong emphasis on cutting-edge works. Continue Reading »