'Crafting Resistance' exhibit to open at ASU Art Museum


Sculpture made of Kanekalon hair and braid clamps and wire.

Merryn Omotayo Alaka and Sam Frésquez, Bundles Past My Butt, 2021. Kanekalon hair and braid clamps, wire. Image courtesy Lisa Sette Gallery

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In the world of art, Western European art historical canon and hierarchy often places “fine art” and “craft” at odds with one another.

“Crafting Resistance,” an original exhibition of the ASU Art Museum on view from Aug. 19 through July 14, 2024, seeks to explore the ways in which we understand and view the term “craft” and its relationship to fine art.

The exhibition showcases new and existing work by artists Merryn Omotayo Alaka and Sam Frésquez, both ASU School of Art alums, as well as Sama Alshaibi, Andrew Erdos, Maria Hupfield, Yasue Maetake, Jayson Musson, Eric-Paul Riege and Curtis Talwst Santiago. It is organized by independent curator Erin Joyce, with support from Abigail Sutton, ASU Art Museum Windgate Intern.

Joe Baker (Delaware), Bonn Baudelaire (Cocopah) and Sharah Nieto (Yucatec Maya) make up the exhibition's advisory community of practice.

“Crafting Resistance” offers all visitors an opportunity to view and understand contemporary artworks and their relationship to fine art and craft. Performances and programming will also be part of the exhibition. Information on those events will be forthcoming.

Visit the ASU Art Museum for the opening reception on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. More details can be found on the museum website at asuartmuseum.org

“Crafting Resistance” is supported by the Edward Jacobson Fund, Kevin and Alexis Cosca, Therese M. Shoumaker, and Christian and Allison Lester.

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