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Today Last Day For SOFA In New York Sunday, June 6, 2004

Lucero, Michael Elf, 2003 Represented by Donna Schneier Fine Arts, New York Photo: Eva Heyd

NEW YORK, NY. - The Seventh Annual International Exposition of Sculpture Objects & Functional Art at the Seventh Regiment Armory on Park Avenue and 67th that began on June 3 comes to a close today. This year’s event assembled fifty of the world’s finest galleries and dealers presenting works of art bridging the decorative and fine arts. The Opening Night Preview Gala, June 2 at the Armory, benefited  the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), New York, with its like-minded mission to celebrate expressive objects that transcend the boundaries of craft, art and design. Holly Hotchner, Director of MAD calls SOFA expositions in New York and Chicago “the gold standard.”During the event a number of lectures were held including: Jack Lenor Larsen: Creator and Collector, a major exhibition on view at the Museum of Arts & Design through August 29, looks at the worlds of art, craft, and design through the designer’s eye.

Highlights were Larsen’s influential fabric designs created over five decades, and a selection of rare objects from Larsen’s personal collection. David McFadden, co-curator of the exhibition, will engage Jack Larsen in an informal conversation about his career as weaver, designer, world traveler, and collector. Artist Michael Glancy shareed insights into his creative environments, with an intimate look at the studios, interests and experiences forming the intellectual foundation of his work in glass and metal, in a conversation with writer and curator William Warmus. Mira Nakashima and the Studio, 1990-2000 was also offered.A slide presentation of Studio production since 1990, including the Krosnick house in Princeton, the reading room for the James A. Michener Museum in Doylestown, the Gabellini projects, and David Hovey installations; illustrating how the work evolves from tree to client by way of pencil drawings and final cutting in the workshop—an inherently unpredictable process. Since her father’s death in 1990, Mira Nakashima has been the creative director and designer of the Nakashima studio, in New Hope, PA, where she produces her father’s classic furniture designs as well as her own work.

Mira Nakashima attended Harvard University and received a master’s degree in architecture from Waseda University in Tokyo. She worked for many years with her father, George Nakashima, as a colleague and designer in his workshop. She is represented at SOFA by Moderne Gallery.

What Postmodernism is Not! Postmodernism is a big sprawling field that is deliberately difficult to define. Instead, Mark Del Vecchio will show cutting edges in postmodern ceramic art today and explain what postmodernism is “NOT”.

British Craft NowContemporary British craft has flourished since the end of the Second World War, spurred in large part by two of Britain’s finest and most prolific studio potters, Lucie Rie (1902-1955) and Hans Coper (1920-1981). Together they sparked new interest in making contemporary ceramics and influenced subsequent generations of artists. British craft expanded to include art made from glass, fiber, and metal, and young designers began to produce one-of-a-kind or limited-series avant-garde furniture, jewelry, and lighting for the art market. Art historian Jane Adlin explored the vitality of Britain’s craft tradition in an introductory lecture, 10:30 am ­ 11:00 am, followed by a tour of selected objects on view at SOFA, 11:00 am ­ Noon. Jane Adlin is assistant curator in the Department of Modern Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art where she has contributed to the organization of exhibitions including Significant Objects from the Modern Design Collection, Beyond Textiles: Contemporary Art in Fiber, and Art Deco Paris (forthcoming).


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