Image: Garth Clark.

How Envy Killed the Crafts Movement:
An Autopsy in Two Parts

by garth clark

introductions by sue taylor and namita gupta wiggers

The first publication produced by Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art, How Envy Killed the Crafts Movement: An Autopsy in Two Parts, is now available through print-on-demand. This book is based on the lecture of the same name given by Garth Clark on October 16, 2008.

Co-presented by MoCC, PNCA and Oregon College of Art and Craft, the crowd at Clark's provocative lecture in Portland exceeded the building’s 450-seat capacity. Since that time, the podcast and abbreviated print versions have circulated widely, prompting enlivened discussion around the world. This publication is the first complete and official version from Clark.

“With characteristic humor, Clark’s lecture surveys the past 150 years…Arguing that the desire for parity with the fine arts by artists, crafters (as Clark prefers), collectors, academia and institutions created the demise of the movement itself, Clark expresses concern that nostalgia and envy plague an aging community. As a result, he wryly quips, success is measured by escape from the ‘penitentiary’ of craft into the ‘nirvana’ of the art world. Instead of seeking a bridge to the fine arts, Clark advocates re-unification with design.”

—Namita Gupta Wiggers, curator, Museum of Contemporary Craft
Introduction, How Envy Killed the Crafts Movement

How Envy Killed the Crafts Movement Book Cover

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Softcover; 52 pages; ISBN: 978-0-9728981-4-0
Release date: October 12, 2009
$9 General and Members

This publication is released in conjunction with Garth Clark’s follow-up lecture at the American Craft Council conference in Minneapolis, October 2009.

Listen to the podcast of Clark's 2008 lecture in Portland.