In the Making: BA Harrington + Mary Savig
BA Harrington

In the Making: BA Harrington + Mary Savig

Thursday, December 3, 2020 from 4:00-5:00 pm EST
Free event, space is limited

Mary Savig, Curator of Craft at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, will join furniture maker, artist, and NBSS alumna BA Harrington CF '95 in conversation about Suite Américaine, BA's newest project that examines a shift in American decorative arts that parallel changes in prevailing attitudes towards women.

Funded by a Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship from the Center for Craft, Suite Américaine is a contemporary response that celebrates female agency and empowerment by researching the origins of three furniture forms-a late seventeenth century dowry chest, a mid-eighteenth century Queen Anne style lady's writing desk, and a late eighteenth century federal lady's worktable. Typical of BA's body of work, the resulting project will consist of six to nine sculptural furniture pieces predominantly made of wood that incorporate textile components, found objects, and video into or onto the forms.

Mary and BA will share images and objects as part of their free-flowing conversation, helping to highlight the historic precedents at play, and how they've informed BA's work to date.


This conversation is part of In the Making, a new public programs series where we connect with a range of new voices, fields, and perspectives. Learn more about In the Making, and view a full list of participants, at the series homepage here.