Galleries 115, 224, 285, and 295, main building
Interactions in Clay involves four artists who have been commissioned to create new artworks in response to the collection at The Philadelphia Museum of Art. The artists, Ann Agee, Walter McConnell, Paul Sacaridiz, and Betty Woodman, will interact with historical work and spaces in order to discover new meanings and formal strategies in different galleries throughout the Museum's main building. These artists were chosen not only for their adventurous and experimental attitudes towards their chosen medium, but also for their mastery of the ceramic vocabulary. Their approaches allow for work grounded in concept, technique, and presentation, and offer the public a new context for seeing, interpreting, and experiencing an artwork, a collection, or the way they perceive a given space.
The Clay Studio, Philadelphia's Internationally recognized ceramic arts learning center, has developed this project in conjunction with Independence: The 44th Annual National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Conference (being held in Philadelphia March 31 – April 3, 2010). Two other venerable Philadelphia institutions are participating in addition to the Museum; Eastern State Penitentiary and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
This exhibition was commissioned by The Clay Studio of Philadelphia, in collaboration with the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Support for the development and planning of the project is provided by the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, a program of the Philadelphia Center for Arts and Heritage, funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts and administered by the University of the Arts. Additional support is provided by the William Penn Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The exhibition was developed by guest curators Jody Clowes, Jo Lauria, John Perreault, and Judith Tannenbaum. Elisabeth Agro, The Nancy M. McNeil Associate Curator of American Modern and Contemporary Craft and Decorative Arts, is the organizing curator for the Museum's presentation.