Nasher Sculpture Center announces the November lecture with Glenn Adamson in Partnership with UNT CVAD

The lecture is presented as a part of the Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Lecture Series in Contemporary Sculpture and Criticism.

Glenn Adamson facing forward, smiling, shaved head, black shirt, arms foldedLectures by curator, writer, and historian Glenn Adamson, Ph.D.
Lecture 1:
"The Sound and The Fury: On Craft and Sculpture in America"
Nov. 7, 2023, 7 p.m.
The Nasher Sculpture Center
2001 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201

Lecture 2 and Q&A: "Furiouser and Furiouser"
Nov. 8, 5:30 p.m.
UNT Art Building, Room 223

Attention, Students

CVAD Students, a limited number of complimentary tickets and bus transportation are available to and from the Nasher Sculpture Center.
Secure your spot; sign up now!
CVAD Dean’s Office, Art Building, Room 101

One of the most persistent stereotypes about craft is that it is traditional: a means of connecting to the past, defined by continuity rather than innovation. In fact, this is a false opposition: to preserve a tradition successfully often requires constant invention, while the development of new ideas (particularly in a process-intensive creative context) invariably relies on accumulated knowledge. In this talk, Adamson will take us to the 1950s and 1960s and three figures working in three different media: Lenore Tawney in fiber, Toshiko Takaezu in ceramics, and Harry Bertoia in metalwork. He will trace unexpected connections between these apparently disparate figures, focusing on the presence of sound and kinetic elements in their work as a particularly compelling leitmotif. 

About Glenn Adamson

Glenn Adamson is a curator, writer and historian based in New York. Previously, he was Director of the Museum of Arts and Design and Head of Research at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Dr. Adamson’s publications include Thinking Through Craft (2007); The Craft Reader (2010); Postmodernism: Style and Subversion (2011, accompanying the exhibition of that title at the V&A, co-curated with Jane Pavitt); The Invention of Craft (2013); Art in the Making (2016, co-authored with Julia Bryan-Wilson; Fewer Better Things: The Hidden Wisdom of Objects (2018); Objects: USA 2020; and Craft: An American History (2021).  

Adamson is the artistic director for Design Doha, a new biennial festival for Qatar — forthcoming in 2024, editor of "Material Intelligence," a quarterly journal published by the Chipstone Foundation, and host of Design in Dialogue, an ongoing online interview series in collaboration with Friedman Benda. His current curatorial projects include Mirror Mirror: Reflections on Design at Chatsworth (2023) and Toshiko Takaezu: Garden of Forms at the Isamu Noguchi Museum (forthcoming in 2024 and touring nationally thereafter).  

About the Nasher Sculpture Center

Located in the heart of the Dallas Arts District, the Nasher Sculpture Center is home to the Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary sculpture in the world, featuring more than 400 masterpieces by Brancusi, Calder, de Kooning, di Suvero, Giacometti, Basquiat, Hepworth, LeWitt, Matisse, Miró, Moore, Picasso, Rodin, Serra, and Shapiro, among others. The Nasher Sculpture Center is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for students, and free for children 12 and under and members, and includes access to special exhibitions. For more information, visit


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