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Atlas Obscura: Behind the Scenes at the Center for Art in Wood

May 5, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Behind the Scenes at the Center for Art in Wood | Hosted by Atlas Obscura | Tues, May 5, 2020 | Live on ZOOM at 6:30 pm EDT

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Join Jennifer-Navva Milliken, Artistic Director for the Center for Art in Wood, for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Center’s permanent collection of contemporary art, craft, and design in the material of wood. This program will focus on regional practice against a three-hundred-year history of artisanship and craft manufacture in Pennsylvania. Milliken, who curated the Center’s Pennsylvania Made exhibition, will talk about wooden vessels, furniture, saffron boxes, and sculpture while touching upon processes of ornamental wood turning, the commitment to the value of collaboration in Pennsylvania craft and design, and other discussions unique to creative engagement with wood in the region.

Jennifer-Navva Milliken is the Artistic Director for The Center for Art in Wood. Prior to her arrival at the Center, she served as an embedded staff member in international art museums, as an independent curator, and as the founder of a cross-disciplinary art space. Her exhibitions have been presented in museums, art fairs, galleries, and unconventional spaces, and her writings have been seen in exhibition catalogues, anthologies, and publications that investigate and critique the intersecting fields of art, craft, and design. With a global perspective, honed through a life split between two continents, she is driven by the extraordinary power of the arts to challenge preconceptions and bridge divides.

This online experience is part of Atlas Obscura’s Wonder From Home initiative. The Atlas Obscura mission has always been to inspire wonder and curiosity about the incredible world we all share. Now, more than ever, there’s a need to stay connected—not only to our sense of wonder, but to each other. Follow and share the hashtag #WonderFromHome for inspiring stories, more incredible online experiences, and live streams with the Atlas Obscura community. And check out AtlasObscura.com, the definitive guide to the world’s hidden wonders, to keep virtually exploring the world through the website’s atlas of amazing places, unique stories, and videos.

Photos by John Carlano.


May 5, 2020
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
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