RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 49936182 LA English T1 Crafting a legacy : contemporary American crafts in the Philadelphia Museum of Art A1 Philadelphia Museum of Art., Ramljak, Suzanne., PB Philadelphia Museum of Art PP Philadelphia YR 2002 SN 0876331614 9780876331613 0876331622 9780876331620 0813532035 9780813532035 AB "Published to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Crafting a Legacy showcases the Museum's burgeoning collection of contemporary American crafts. More than one hundred color plates illustrate many of the Museum's prime holdings in ceramics, wood, fiber, glass, metal, and furniture. Entries on sixty-four featured artists, including Dale Chihuly, Wharton Esherick, Sheila Hicks, and Peter Voulkos, place their work in the context of the dynamic field of American crafts. Suzanne Ramljak reveals the valuable role that crafts play in contemporary culture and artistic practice. In a world of bland, mass-produced consumer goods and technologically mediated virtual experience, Ramljak argues that crafts - one-of-a-kind handmade objects - can reawaken our senses. In his introduction, Darrel Sewell, the Robert L. McNeil, Jr., Curator of American Art, outlines the history of the crafts collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as well as the vital role Philadelphia has played as a center for innovation in contemporary crafts. The book also includes an illustrated checklist of the Museum's more than three hundred holdings in contemporary crafts."--Jacket.