Join us for a discussion with Artist Tom Loeser and Guest Curator Glenn Adamson on the exhibition Please, Please, Please. We’ll talk about Loeser’s imaginative approach to furniture and ponder the question: If the furniture we sit on every day were totally different, would our lives be different, too?
Tom Loeser designs and builds one-of-a-kind functional and dysfunctional objects. Though he seeks new form and meaning through his work, the history of design and object-making is always his starting point. He holds a BA from Haverford College, a BFA from Boston University, and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Loeser was head of the wood/furniture area in the Department of Art at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, from 1991 to 2020.
Loeser is the recipient of four Visual Artist Fellowship Grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and an NEA Creative Artist Exchange Fellowship. His work has been featured in many national and international exhibitions and his work is held in the collections of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and Museum of Arts and Design (New York, NY); Rhode Island School of Design Museum (Providence, RI); Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Houston, TX); and many others, including the Center for Art in Wood. He was elected to the American Craft Council College of Fellows in 2012.
Glenn Adamson is a curator, writer and historian based in New York. He has previously been Director of the Museum of Arts and Design; Head of Research at the V&A; and Curator at the Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee. Adamson’s publications include Thinking Through Craft (2007); The Craft Reader (2010); Postmodernism: Style and Subversion (2011, co-edited with Jane Pavitt); The Invention of Craft (2013); Art in the Making (2016, co-authored with Julia Bryan-Wilson; and Fewer Better Things: The Hidden Wisdom of Objects (2018). His newest book is Craft: An American History, published by Bloomsbury, and he is co-host of the online interview series Design in Dialogue. www.glennadamson.com
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This FREE event is co-sponsored by the Craft and Material Studies Program of the University of the Arts and the Center for Art in Wood.