Craft Book ClubThe New Politics of the Handmade: Craft, Art + Design Anthea Black + Nicole Burisch (Anthology Editors)
January – May, 2022 4th Monday of the month, 7 pm Via Zoom Please register your interest in participating in this activity through the form below by January 6, 2022. We’ll follow up with information about how to access a copy of the book and a Zoom link. Please contact the MCC to communicate any accommodation needs that would eliminate a barrier to your participation. All are welcome to participate, and we’re hoping that folks will commit to attend all 5 sessions. We can offer free and/or partially subsidized copies of the book to MCC members. The first meeting will be hosted by Suzie Smith and Kristin Nelson. Find out more about the book here or see the quick summary below: Contemporary craft, art and design are inseparable from the flows of production and consumption under global capitalism. The New Politics of the Handmade features twenty-three voices who critically rethink the handmade in this dramatically shifting economy. The authors examine craft within the conditions of extreme material and economic disparity; a renewed focus on labour and materiality in contemporary art and museums; the political dimensions of craftivism, neoliberalism, and state power; efforts toward urban renewal and sustainability; the use of digital technologies; and craft’s connections to race, cultural identity and sovereignty in texts that criss-cross five continents. They claim contemporary craft as a dynamic critical position for understanding the most immediate political and aesthetic issues of our time.Join us and contribute to this informal, group-led, and collaborative online book club.