Revive, Remix, Respond: Contemporary Ceramic Artists at The NYCGF and The Frick Pittsburgh

Dawn Reid Brean, Associate Curator of Decorative Arts at The Frick Pittsburgh
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Panelists/Speakers:  Dawn Reid Brean and Leslie Ferrin

New York Ceramics and Glass Fair January 17 – 21, 2018
The Frick Pittsburgh February 16–April 27, 2018

Contemporary artists whose artistic practice is informed by the past were invited to respond to and produce new works referencing the art, objects and social history of the Frick collection.

Many contemporary artists are breathing new life into the ceramic medium by reviving and reinvigorating age-old concepts. This reinvention is distilled into the use of 18th century processes and techniques to create new motifs and the depiction of stories inspired by history –often with a commentary or critique on modern society.

This topic is particularly relevant to the current state of the ceramics and museum field as it answers the questions of how history meets contemporary: How can artists draw on the rich artistic traditions of ceramic history while reinvigorating their relevance in a society that prizes the contemporary? Likewise, how can museums use contemporary ceramic art to illuminate and reinvigorate historic collections? The Frick Pittsburgh is committed to using the voices and artworks of contemporary artists to meaningfully engage our audience and our collections with issues and ideas relevant to the present day. Revive, Remix, Respond is an exciting opportunity to continue that dialogue.

Organized by Dawn Reid Brean, Associate Curator of Decorative Arts at The Frick Pittsburgh, with Leslie Ferrin of Ferrin Contemporary, the museum has invited artists to submit work that is inspired by, responds to, or relates to historic ceramics in The Frick Pittsburgh’s permanent collection.

Selected works from the exhibition will be presented as a special exhibition at the New York Ceramics and Glass Fair January 17 - 21. Dawn Brean will present an illustrated lecture and discussion with participating artists on Friday, January 19 at 2:00 p.m.