Chinese Folk Pottery: The Art of the Everyday
Venue: Castellani Art Museum
Address: 5795 Lewiston Road
City: Lewiston, NY 14109 USA
Brief-description: An exhibit of minyao ‘folk ware,'a term for the traditional pottery madeiin China in local, private kilns. through July 2.
Event url: www.castellaniartmuseum.org
Price text: Free admission - donations welcome.
About: In 1998, two Michigan ceramists—Marie Woo and John Stephenson—received grants from the Asian Cultural Council and the Rockefeller Foundation to explore the diverse folk pottery traditions in China. This multi-year research led to the International Chinese Folk Pottery Exhibition / Symposium & Films in 2013 at the University of Michigan Museum of Art, from which the Chinese Folk Pottery: The Art of the Everyday traveling exhibit emerged. Contrasted with imperial porcelain—intricately decorated ceramics made in official kilns – minyao is defined by its local creation and use in everyday life. Due to its regional roots, minyao reflects the specific lifestyles, needs, and challenges of the diverse communities that produce them. Chinese Folk Pottery: The Art of the Everyday highlights this largely overshadowed Chinese pottery tradition and the contemporary challenges it faces from modernization. Chinese Folk Pottery: The Art of the Everyday is on display from February 11 through July 2, 2017. This exhibition and accompanying programming is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. For more information, please contact Edward Millar, Curator of Folk Arts, at 716-286-8290, firstname.lastname@example.org.