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Material Intelligence: Selections from the Museums Permanent Collection


FEBRUARY 12 — JULY 24, 2021

What a treat to wander through the permanent collection of the Museum for Art in Wood. The artists that made this work are all material geniuses. They would score off-the-charts if they had to sit down and take an exam in wood. Each piece is a skillful illustration of material understanding. Perhaps the artwork uses an innovative or invented joining technique, or it demonstrates an intuitive understanding, learned over years of experience, of just how exceedingly far the material can be pushed and still maintain its integrity. Humor and even absurdity adds to the irresistibility of some of this work. It was hard to keep the selection to a manageable size so I hope you will see this as just a teaser of a selection to pull you into a deeper exploration of the rest of the collection.