In conjunction with “Craft Spoken Here,” their first major exhibition devoted to contemporary craft, all this summer, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is inviting visitors to come and not only admire an array of amazing crafts, but actively explore the art of craft-making themselves.
On view now through Aug. 15 in the Perelman Building, the exhibit features forty contemporary works (1960-present) in ceramic, glass, wood, metal, fiber and paper, from both acclaimed and lesser-known creators. Located in the center of the gallery there’s CraftLab, a comfortable couch-filled space equipped with basic tools and materials where local knitting circles and other craft groups are welcomed to come and create, taking inspiration from the works on view.
For inexperienced or amateur crafters, each week through Aug. 8, CraftLab will also be hosting two series of afternoon craft demonstrations (both free after admission)…
Art Star Thursdays: Philly’s craft mecca, Art Star has enlisted a crew of its top craft experts to guide you through a different project each week including, quilting and sewing, bookmaking and letterpress, jewelry making and textile design. (Thursdays, 1-3pm.)
Staff Craft Stars: Several talented museum staffers will demonstrate their personal crafting techniques—everything from cross stitch, crochet and knitting to embroidery, yarn spinning and picture frame tapestry weaving. (Wednesdays, 1-3pm.)
On select Sundays from 1-3 p.m., outside of the Perelman Building, guests will also have a chance to take part in a free hands-on ceramic experience when The Clay Studio brings along its Claymobile as well as two free woodturning demonstrations led by artists from The Center for Art in Wood (June 10 & 17).
Want to know about all the other exciting things happening around town this summer? Well then, be sure to pick up PW’s super-awesome 2012 Summer Guide, hitting newsstands first thing tomorrow morning.