Curated by Associate Curator of Decorative Arts, Dawn Brean, the exhibition showcased artists who are breathing new life into the ceramic medium by reinvigorating age-old motifs, processes, and techniques. Nineteen artists whose practice is informed by the past were invited to submit work that is inspired by, responds to, or relates to The Frick Pittsburgh’s collection. The selected works, all of which have distinct connections to our collection, made for an engaging installation exploring and illuminating the tensions and dualities between past and present.
The assembled artworks were simultaneously timeless and familiar yet unexpected. The visual vocabulary borrowed from the rich artistic heritage of the 2,000-year-old medium while illuminating diverse issues that range from the contemporary (environmentalism, cross cultural exchange), to the personal (memory, collecting), to the aesthetic (pattern, form, abstraction). The international selection of featured artists included Bouke de Vries, Stephen Bowers, Paul Scott, Caroline Slotte, Chris Antemann, and Evan Hauser, among others.
Revive, Remix, Respond coincided with the 52nd annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts scheduled in Pittsburgh March 14–17, 2018. It was one of more than 80 exhibitions planned across the region to highlight the accomplishments of ceramic artists. The exhibition was in the French period room at The Frick Art Museum.
It's so exciting to see our historic collections activated by contemporary artists whose practice is inspired by the past. These objects consider the enduring appeal of the ceramic medium while opening a conversation between past and present.