Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft, and Design demonstrates how 20th and 21st century creators have engaged the medium of wood with conceptual and technical strategies. This timely exhibition, organized by the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York, addresses a heavily debated topic in the field: as the boundaries between art, craft and design increasingly overlap, should these categories be redefined, and if so, how? In Against the Grain, the versatile medium of wood is used to address this issue, exploring postmodern tendencies including mimicry, assemblage, virtuosity, and whimsy (with a serious purpose), as well as environmental issues associated with woodworking.
There are approximately 60 works in the exhibition including vessels, furniture, sculptures, paintings, installations and works created since 2000 by an international roster of artists, craftspersons, and designers such as Alexandre Arrechea, Martin Baas, Gary Carsley, Andrew Early, Sebastian Errazuriz, Maria Elena Gonzalez, Silas Kopf, Mark Lindquist, Sofia Maldonado, Matthias Pliessnig, Martin Puryear, Betye Saar, Hiroki Takada, Alison Elizabeth Taylor, and Ai Weiwei.
Against the Grain debuts at Mint Museum Uptown during the Democratic National Convention, followed by a presentation at Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York (March-June 2013). The exhibition is made possible, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from Larry and Madeline Mohr. It is brought to The Mint Museum through the support of Founders’ Circle Ltd., Moore & Van Allen PLLC, and Missy Luczak-Smith and Doug Smith.