Visiting Lecturer Dr. Sandra Alfoldy

Images from this event are available HERE!

Lecture videos coming soon

The Manitoba Craft Council was pleased to present two lectures by Dr. Sandra Alfoldy, Professor of Craft History at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University and and Associate Curator of Fine Craft at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in May, 2012.  While in Winnipeg to present these lectures, Dr. Alfoldy also served as one of three jurors for the MCC’s SLOW CRAFT exhibition.

Wednesday, May 9
The Allied Arts: Architecture and Craft in Postwar Canada
Lecture and Book Signing
RAW Gallery, 290 McDermot Avenue
Painting, sculpture, architecture, design and craft continue to jockey for status in the artistic landscape, and one of the most coveted positions is that of public art. Materials easily classified as craft when produced on a small scale in a studio setting suddenly appear sculptural or painterly on a large scale. Since World War Two Canadian architecture has provided unique occasions to challenge and shape the field we call contemporary craft.  This lecture will explore instances where Canadian architecture and craft have worked together, and sometimes at odds with each other, in an effort to demonstrate that even in the twenty-first century they remain Allied Arts.

Thursday, May 10
Studio Visits with MCC

Thursday, May 10
DIY Will Never Die!
Lecture and reception.  Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Ave
The DIY Movement has received much attention as a new driving force behind craft economics. This lecture will contrast historical craft pioneers with contemporary crafters to argue that in order to understand future craft economies as they are connected to the power of do-it-yourself crafting, it is essential to examine past craft economies.  What ideologies keep repeating, and what are the elements that keep DIY alive and financially vital across generations?

Dr. Sandra Alfoldy is Professor of Craft History at NSCAD University, and Associate Curator of Fine Craft at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. She is the author of The Allied Arts: Architecture and Craft in Postwar Canada (2012) and Crafting Identity: The Development of Professional Fine Craft in Canada (2005), editor of Neocraft: Modernity and the Crafts (2007) and co-editor of Craft, Space and Interior Design, 1855-2005(2008). She was the Chief Curator of the national Canadian exhibition at the Cheongju International Craft Biennale (2009) and the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. She is currently at work on a new book on craft and popular culture.

Lectures co-sponsored by:
Raw Gallery
Gallery 1C03
Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library
University of Manitoba Ceramics Club
Government of Manitoba