CRAFT & CULTURE LECTURE SERIES:
Post-War Ceramics: The Syracuse Annuals and the Search for Form
Presentation by Jennifer Sorkin, Assistant Professor at Univ. of Houston
Thursday, March 29 – 7:00 PM FREE ADMISSION
The Philadelphia Art Alliance is pleased to announce the next installment in our Spring 2012 Craft and Culture Lecture Series. On Thursday, March 29, PAA welcomes Art Historian and Assistant Professor at the University of Houston, Jennifer Sorkin, for a lecture and presentation entitled “Live Form: Craft as Participation”. Sorkin will speak about her upcoming book release of the same name, which examines the legacy of Black Mountain College and craft pedagogy in the post-war period. The presentation will begin at 7:00 PM and is FREE and open to the public. Patrons are also encouraged to visit the current exhibitions on display, Sondra Sherman: Found Subjects and Andrea Donelly: Binary in the First Floor Galleries, and A Sense of Place in the Second Floor Galleries.
About Jennifer Sorkin:
Jennifer Sorkin currently serves as assistant professor in the art history and critical studies department of the University of Houston’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Previously, she participated in the Getty Research Institute’s Post-Doctoral Fellow program, where she was pursuing research on gender and the craft/art divide. Although much of her work treats the American art world of the last 50 years, Sorkin has international standing. Dr. Sorkin received her Ph.D from Yale in 2010, and already has a significant number of published articles in journals such as Art Journal and Third Text.
Sorkin’s work examines the confluence of gender and material culture within modern and contemporary art history, theory, and criticism. Her writing has appeared in the New Art Examiner, Art Journal, Frieze, Modern Painters, among others. In 2010, she co-organized Blind Spots/Puntos Ciegos: Feminisms, Cinema, and Performance for the eight edition of SITAC, the International Symposium of Contemporary Art Theory, held in Mexico City. She has been awarded fellowships from the ACLS/Luce Foundation and the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, and is a recipient of the 2004 Art Journal Award given by the College Art Association. She is currently completing a book manuscript entitled Live Form: Craft as Participation, which examines the legacy of Black Mountain College, craft pedagogy, and the history of ceramics from 1952 to 1975.