Getting caught up on where I've been and where I am heading. It's going to be an exciting and busy summer. I will be working on several writing projects as well as returning to the studio for the first time in a decade. Here is where I will be -- let me know if you are in the area!
I was delighted to talk with Stuart Kestenbaum earlier this Spring for the podcast for the Craft School Initiative. Access Make/Time here: https://soundcloud.com/make-time/namita-gupta-wiggers-learn-something-new-every-single-day and in iTunes.
June 8, Minneapolis
I will be in the Twin Cities at the invitation of Northwest Clay Center and the American Craft Council to talk about ceramics. Link here: https://craftcouncil.org/event/conversation-namita-gupta-wiggers
June 18 - 30, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Maine
Delighted to spend two weeks making, thinking, talking about The Object’s Not the Point at the invitation of The Brick Factory: Erik Scollon, Thomas Myers, Summer Zickefoose, Kari Marboe, and Nicole Burisch. Link here: http://www.watershedceramics.org/residencies/summer-residency/
July 30-July 2, NYC
I will be participating on a panel of curators for a two-day symposium organized in conjunction with the exhibition Lucid Dreams and Distant Visions: South Asian Art in the Diaspora. The symposium brings together South Asian American artists, curators, and academics to discuss the state of the field and to identify strategies to bring the work of contemporary South Asian artists and cultural practitioners to a broader audience. Titled “Fatal Love: Where Are We Now,” the symposium is co-organized by the Queens Museum and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, and will be held at the Queens Museum on July 1 and 2. The keynote panel for the symposium will be held at Asia Society Museum on the evening of June 30, preceded by a reception for the exhibition.
July 16 - 22, Ox-Bow Residency, Michigan
I will be a Visiting Artist this summer at Ox-Bow; link here: http://www.ox-bow.org/visiting-artists/
July 31 - August 11, Oregon College of Art + Craft, Portland, Oregon
Join me for a Curatorial Intensive: Curating through Craft!
In this course, students will explore curating as a research and observation-based artistic practice through a variety of approaches. Investigation of contemporary craft discourse, scenography, and material-based inquiry will be emphasized through a variety of readings, journaling, photo documentation, hands-on making and scenography. Through discussion, lecture, group activities and Making|Object|Research lab environments, students will gain a deeper understanding of how curating is applied to presentation of craft and material-based objects, specifically in a variety of spatial environments and modes of interaction from the “white cube” to socially engaged projects, and using objects and materials related to the history of craft. To learn more, visit: https://community.ocac.edu/instructor/wiggers-namita