Northwest Art Council: An Evening with Garth Clark

January 28, 2020 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Whitsell Auditorium

Over the course of An Evening with Garth Clark, this distinguished scholar, critic, and provocateur will deliver A Necessary Irritant, a roller coaster ride through the Ceramic Revolution. Drawing on over 80 books, 400 monographs, essays, and reviews he has authored over the past five decades, Clark’s presentation weaves together his biography with seminal moments in 20th and 21st century contemporary ceramic art. This is the first West Coast stop on an international tour that has taken Clark through the UK, Australia, US, and Canada. Clark’s last talk in Portland on October 15, 2008, the provocative How Envy Killed the Crafts, went viral globally and was translated into more than 12 languages, produced a book, and was included in numerous anthologies.

This event is organized in collaboration with Eutectic Gallery and the University of Oregon’s Center for Art Research (CFAR), and hosted by the Northwest Art Council and supported by the University of Oregon’s Robert James Ceramics Foundation.

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The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

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Garth Clark