Emily Zilber, the Ronald L. and Anita C. Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, comes to NBSS to share her passion for contemporary craft.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
North Bennet Street School
150 North Street, Boston
Free, please RSVP below
- Gord Peteran, A Table Made of Wood, 2005, various woods, Promised Gift of Ronald C. and Anita L. Wornick.
Curating Contemporary Craft
Contemporary artists working with craft media are encountering and adopting an ever-growing range of available ideas, tools, materials, and inspirations. As artistic practices change and grow, the museum not only plays a role in expanding our broad understanding of craft’s role in the today’s creative landscape but also helps place new dialogues around craft in historical context. In her talk, curator Emily Zilber discusses how the collecting and exhibiting of craft at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is responsive to this larger contemporary conversation within the context of the encyclopedic museum.
About the speaker
Emily Zilber is the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s first Ronald L. and Anita C. Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts. Zilber is responsible for the MFA’s vibrant program of contemporary decorative arts, including guiding acquisitions and developing a presence for craft and design in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art and throughout the museum. Zilber oversees the Daphne and Peter Farago Gallery, a dedicated space for modern and contemporary craft, design, and decorative arts. This gallery opened in September 2011 with "Crafting Contemporary: Selections from the Daphne Farago Collection". Recent projects include the exhibition "New Blue-and-White", which focuses on contemporary interpretations of blue-and-white traditions by makers across media (2013), the reinstallation of the Farago Gallery with works from the MFA's permanent collection (opened August 2013). Upcoming projects include two exhibitions, one focused on the MFA’s collection of American ceramics and the other on themes in 21st century craft practice, to open in 2015.
Prior to joining the MFA, Zilber was assistant curator at Cranbrook Art Museum at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She has edited and written for numerous publications and speaks regularly on topics related to 20th and 21st-century decorative arts, craft, and design. Zilber holds a BA in art history from The University of Chicago and an MA from the Bard Graduate Center for Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture.