On View July 20, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Named after Yoko Ono’s 1963 Earth Piece, a score that invites the reader to “Listen to the sound of the earth turning,” this exhibition examines artists who have combined clay and ceramics with performance art, photography, conceptual art, and even land art. Far from being used as “just another material,” clay comes freighted with millennia of associations with material culture. Earth Piece highlights the work of well-known figures from the art world, as well as lesser-known artists whose work shaped the field of ceramics into a vibrant discipline that is equally at home in both domestic and contemporary spheres.
For a medium that is most often associated with “craft” or “decorative” art, clay has a surprisingly rich history when it comes to conceptual art. Clay’s material qualities—plasticity and ability to crack and shrink as it dries, as well as the capacity for permanence when fired—have prompted generations of artists to use it for bold conceptual statements. Whenever a theme emerges in contemporary art—from land art to the exploration of the body, clay has been ever-present as object, subject, or collaborator.
Kazuo Shiraga, Challenging Mud (3rd Execution), 1955, Courtesy of Amagasaki Cultural Foundation.
August 15, October 17
FREE Third Thursday
August 30, 6:00pm