Art and Other Tactics: Contemporary Craft by Artist Veterans

Art and Other Tactics: Contemporary Craft by Artist Veterans

Curated by Craft in America Center Director, Emily Zaiden
Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, May 24, 2015 – September 6, 2015

The first major exhibition to explore the powerful role that craft has played as a channel for creativity, expression and transformation in the lives of artist veterans since World War II, Art and Other Tactics: Contemporary Craft by Artist Veterans will convey the contributions of artist veterans and the pathways that craft has taken through their visionary work. The exhibition will examine the way that military service has impacted the outlook of artists over seven decades and led numerous veterans to pursue creative channels. Bridging between earlier craft philosophy to current day practices, at its core, Art and Other Tactics will explore how craft is a constructive antidote to the war experience.

In conjunction, the American Jewish University’s Platt/Borstein Galleries will present Service: Military, Arts & Transformation from May 11 – July 19, 2015. The exhibit highlights the work of five artists who served in a branch of the military and/or continue to serve in the reserves. The exhibit brings attention to the role of art in the military and how it has transformed the lives of veterans who are recovering from the effects of war. For more information, visit www.aju.edu.

In addition, the Craft in America Center presents Active Hands: Craft by Soldiers (April 25 – July 4, 2015), featuring rare treasures made by soldiers on active duty, as well as historic documentation of the Army Arts and Crafts Program.