VISIONARIES

VISIONARIES documents the ways in which artists and influencers inspire new generations to envision the limitless possibilities of craft. Featuring textile designer and founder of LongHouse Reserve Jack Lenor Larsen, curator Helen Molesworth and Black Mountain College, weaver Kay Sekimachi, collector Forrest L. Merrill, and book artist Felicia Rice. PBS premiere December 21, 2018.

FEATURED IN THIS EPISODE:

Jack Lenor Larsen Kay Sekimachi

Felicia Rice

 

EDUCATION GUIDE: Collecting and Curating Meaning-filled Objects
Kay Sekimachi Leaf Bowls
In this lesson, students consider the human tendency to collect objects that have meaning to us. They meet Forrest L. Merrill, a long-time collector of vessels made of wood, metal, glass, fiber, and clay. They learn how Mr. Merrill has spent his life collecting these hand-crafted objects and developing friendships with the artists who make them. In a segment of the Craft in America episode VISIONARIES, students hear the collector talk about what is important to him in the objects he collects—what he looks for when he considers adding a new object to his collection. Students are asked to think about their own collections and collections that their friends or family members have. As they consider the idea of collecting, they learn how collectors tend to organize and display their collections. While viewing VISIONARIES, students briefly meet Michele Ellis Pracy, Fresno Art Museum curator, who is curating an exhibition of work by fiber artist, Kay Sekimachi. Students spend time considering Ms. Sekimachi’s Leaf Bowls—how they are made and the message or story they convey—and they also learn about the role of a curator. Students work individually or in small groups to curate an exhibition of a collection of their choosing. They must provide a rationale for the inclusion of each of the artworks or objects. They must also create an exhibition plan—a diagram or drawing of the exhibition space and the pathway to be followed by visitors to the exhibition—accompanied by a “vision statement,” in which they outline the message or story that the exhibition conveys.

 

CREDITS

Executive Producer & Director CAROL SAUVION ∙ Executive Producer PATRICIA BISCHETTI ∙ Producer & Director ROSEY GUTHRIE ∙ Editor GILLIAN MCCARTHY ∙ Director of Photography SIDNEY LUBITSCH ∙ Music by LAURA KARPMAN ∙ Associate Producer DENISE KANG ∙ Senior Advisor JACOBA ATLAS ∙ Production Coordinator BEVERLY FELDMAN ∙ Production Controller JUDY J. HING ∙ Assistant Camera ROBERT W. FAISON ∙ Gaffer MARK MARKLEY ∙ Sound Recordists ALAN BARKER, EMILE BOKAER, MICHAEL JONES, LAURETTA MOLITOR ∙ Art Director ELIZABETH CLAFFEY ∙ Assistant Editor ERIN KELLY SMITH ∙ Colorist DEAN CHU ∙ Post Production Video LIGHT IRON ∙ Post Production Sound WILD WOODS ∙ Re-Recording Mixer JONATHAN IGLECIAS ∙ Music Mixer NORA KROLL-ROSENBAUM ∙ Station Relations DE SHIELDS ASSOCIATES, INC. ∙ Main Title Crew CAMERA CONTROL INC., GEORGE HLADKY, ALFREDO ROSADO, CHRISTOPHER WILLIAMS ∙ Archival Materials Courtesy of AMERICAN CRAFT COUNCIL LIBRARY & ARCHIVES, © THE ESTATE OF RUTH ASAWA/DAVID ZWIRNER, NEW YORK/LONDON/HONG KONG, TELEVISION INTERVIEW WITH JACK LENOR LARSEN, FROM THE SERIES HANDMADE IN AMERICA (1982), COURTESY OF DR. BARBARALEE DIAMONDSTEIN-SPIELVOGEL, INTERVIEWER/PRODUCER; VIDEO PROVIDED BY THE BARBARALEE DIAMONDSTEIN-SPIELVOGEL COLLECTION, DAVID M. RUBENSTEIN RARE BOOK & MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY, DUKE UNIVERSITY, BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE MUSEUM + ARTS CENTER/© ESTATE OF HAZEL LARSEN ARCHER/© ANDREW F. OATES JR./© DIANA WOELFFER/© KENELM WINSLOW/© HARRIET SOHMERS ZWERLING, BROOKLYN MUSEUM, CENTER FOR CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY, © THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA FOUNDATION/OTTO HAGEL, NICHOLAS CERNOVITCH/JEROME ROBBINS DANCE DIVISION, THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, © CHIHULY STUDIO, COWTAN & TOUT, INC., DEMOCRACY NOW, ARCHIVE FARMS/ARCHIVE FILMS/GETTY IMAGES, FRED W. MCDARRAH/PREMIUM ARCHIVE/GETTY IMAGES, HAYSTACK MOUNTAIN SCHOOL OF CRAFTS/JOSEPH W. MOLITOR, © 2018 IMOGEN CUNNINGHAM TRUST, JACK LENOR LARSEN, INC./DAVID ARKY/DOROTHY LEVITT BESKIND/AMOS CHAN/© TODD EBERLE/DAVID FRAZIER/RICHARD GOODBODY/OLGA GUEFT/BILL HELMS/© ELLIOTT KAUFMAN/PETER OLSEN/© MARY RANDLETT/PAUL RYAN/JULIANA BALINT/GERI SCALONE, THE JOSEF AND ANNI ALBERS FOUNDATION, LIBRARY OF CONGRESS/GOTTSCHO-SCHLEISNER, INC./CARL VAN VECHTEN, LONGHOUSE RESERVE/DELL R. CULLUM, LUCY MASSIE PHENIX, FOOTAGE OF RUTH ASAWA FROM ROBERT SNYDER’S RUTH ASAWA: OF FORMS AND GROWTH © MASTERS & MASTERWORKS PRODUCTIONS, INC., FOOTAGE OF WILLEM DE KOONING FROM ROBERT SNYDER’S WILLEM DE KOONING: ARTIST © MASTERS & MASTERWORKS PRODUCTIONS, INC., www.mastersmasterworks.com, MERCE CUNNINGHAM TRUST/ELECTRONIC ARTS INTERMIX, DETLEF MEWES, © THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART/SCALA/ART RESOURCE, NY, NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION/DOROTHEA LANGE, NEW JERSEY PUBLIC BROADCASTING AUTHORITY, OAKLAND MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA, JAY OLIGNY, TOMAS OVALLE, RICHARD PEELER AND CHARLES WAGONER, © ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG FOUNDATION/VAGA AT ARS, NY, FELICIA RICE, KAY SEKIMACHI, BALLET DU 7/03/1961 SUITE FOR TWO AND MUSIC WALK FOR DANCERS/SONUMA-RTBF ARCHIVE IMAGES, KRISTA STACK, JACK LENOR LARSEN PAPERS, NORTHWEST ARCHITECTURAL ARCHIVES, UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, COLLECTION OF HILDA TERRY, GIFT OF MARY EMMA HARRIS, BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE PROJECT/WESTERN REGIONAL ARCHIVES, STATE ARCHIVES OF NORTH CAROLINA ∙ Special Thanks DANE STEVEN CLOUTIER, BARBARALEE DIAMONDSTEIN-SPIELVOGEL, FELIX KULPA GALLERY II, BETH GOODRICH, IYASARE RESTAURANT, JEFFREY MEYER TURNTABLES, SHO KAMIO, KATTEN MUCHIN ROSENMAN LLP, JO LAURIA, FARROL MERTES, MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN, PETER OLSEN, ORNAMENT MAGAZINE, MIRY PARK, STEVEN POSTER, NOAH REITMAN, RACHAEL REITMAN, FRANCI SAGAR, JAMES SCHOONOVER, ALICE SEBRELL, HEATHER SOUTH, WENDY VANDEUSEN, SUSAN WALLNER, STEPHANIE ZOLLINGER ∙ IN MEMORY OF FRANK BUXTON ∙ This program was produced by Craft in America, Inc. which is solely responsible for its content. © 2018 CRAFT IN AMERICA All Rights Reserved

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