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July 20, 2012 – February 3, 2013
17th and Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Location: Special Exhibition Gallery, 1st Floor
40 under 40: Craft Futures features 40 artists born since 1972, the year the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s contemporary craft and decorative arts program was established at its branch museum, the Renwick Gallery. The exhibition investigates evolving notions of craft within such traditional media as ceramics and metalwork, as well as in fields as varied as sculpture, industrial design, installation art, fashion design, sustainable manufacturing, and mathematics. The range of disciplines represented illustrates new avenues for the handmade in contemporary culture and reflects the changed world that exists today, which poses new challenges and considerations for artists. The museum hopes to acquire works by every artist in the exhibition to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Renwick Gallery.