Object Lesson is a monthly First Friday speaker series that will open wide the cases of the Center’s Museum Collection through the perspectives of individuals from the worlds of art, design, performance, community activism, education, and more, creating fresh dialogues about the Collection and its objects. The series invites the public for an up-close and personal experience in an informal, discursive setting that will encourage exploration of the many treasures in the Collection.
Elizabeth Essner is an independent curator, writer, and researcher based in Brooklyn, New York. A 2017 Curatorial Fellow with the Center for Craft, she has curated exhibitions for institutions including the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Arizona State University Art Museum, the Minnesota Museum of American Art, and the Woodlands, a historic site in Philadelphia. Elizabeth serves as a researcher for two forthcoming publications and has written for magazines including Modern and Metalsmith. She received her MA from the Bard Graduate Center and has previously been an auction house specialist and an appraiser.
Object Lesson Schedule:
November 1, 2019 – James Maurelle, artist and lecturer at Penn
December 6, 2019 – Aisha Zia Khan, Executive Director of Twelve Gates Arts