Tuesday March 25, 2014, 6:30 - 8 pm
Speaker: Dr. Sandra Alfoldy
Art, Design and Craft in Context Lecture Series
Co-presented by Craft Ontario
Ron Thom and the Allied Arts Lecture
This lecture will investigate the complex relationship between craft and architecture in post-war Canada. In previous centuries these two fields were considered to be "allied arts" but by the mid-twentieth century it was more common for them to be regarded as separate and distinct. During the post-war building boom Canadians were challenged to consider public craft commissions and the way institutions are mediated by practical and aesthetic considerations of material, scale, form, ornament and identity. Using examples from across Canada, including the work of Ron Thom, Dr. Sandra Alfoldy will celebrate the successes of architectural craftsmanship, while questioning the ways in which the allied arts continue to shape how we experience our public spaces.
Dr. Sandra Alfoldy, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (Professor in Craft History)
Dr. Sandra Alfoldy received her Ph.D. in craft history from Concordia University in 2001, and completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Rochester in 2002. Her current research focuses on the relationship between craft and architecture in post-war Canada, and the historical tensions between Canadian studio craft and industrial design. She is the author of "Crafting Identity: the development of professional fine craft in Canada" (McGill Queen's University Press, 2005), editor of "Neocraft: Modernity and the Crafts" (NSCAD Press, 2007), and co-editor of "Craft, Space and Interior Design: 1855-2005" (Ashgate Press, 2008).
Dr. Alfoldy co-curated the 2007 traveling exhibition "On the Table: 100 Years of Functional Ceramics in Canada," and is the chief curator of the Canadian Fine Craft exhibition at the 2009 Cheongju International Craft Biennale in South Korea, and the Canadian Fine Craft exhibition at the 2010 Olympic winter games. In 2007 she organized the international Neocraft: Modernity and the Crafts conference at NSCAD University. She credits her professional textile artist parents, Andy and Elaine Alfoldy, for instilling in her this obsession with the crafts.
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