Harrington in Live Zoom Conversation Dec. 3 With Smithsonian Art Museum Curator

Posted on 12/2/2020 10:58:01 AM

BA Harrington, assistant professor of art and director of the Wood Center at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, will be part of a live Zoom conversation on December 3 at 4:00 p.m. with Mary Savig, the curator of Craft at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. (Update: A recording of the Zoom conversation from December 3 is now available on the North Bennet Street School website.)

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BA Harrington, assistant professor of art and director of the Wood Center, works on a piece that will be part of her upcoming solo exhibition, Suite Americaine. Her exhibition references historical American furniture designed and built specifically for use by women; Harrington reinterprets these objects as proto-feminist forms. Harrington is an inaugural recipient of the Center for Craft Research Fund Fellows Award.

Harrington will discuss her upcoming solo exhibition, Suite Americaine, at the Center for Craft in Ashville, North Carolina, in June 2021. Suite Américaine references historical American furniture designed and built specifically for use by women; Harrington reinterprets these objects as proto-feminist forms. 

Harrington is the inaugural recipient of the Center for Craft Research Fund Fellows Award; Suite Americaine concludes her 18-month fellowship at the Center for Craft.

During the fellowship, Harrington is conducting a first-hand study and re-experiencing of furniture as historical evidence of untold, underrepresented, and undocumented everyday stories. Aspects of public programming related to the project include presentations, performances, and hands-on workshops exploring language and embroidery. 

“The support of makers through the Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship is forward-thinking at a crucial time when the ideology of craft has the ability to promote sustainability and the building of community,” Harrington said.
Harrington and Savig’s conversation is part of the North Bennet Street School’s virtual programming series In the Making. The event is free and open, but preregistration is required.

The conversation will be recorded and available for viewing on the North Bennet Street School website. North Bennet Street School, located in Boston, has a mission to train students for careers in traditional trades that use hand skills in concert with evolving technology, to preserve and advance craft traditions, and to promote greater appreciation of craftsmanship.