Japanese Potters Visit the Smart Museum Ceramic Collection

We’d like to share a post written by Alice Kain, Study Room Supervisor at the Smart Museum of Art, in participation of the upcoming exhibition Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art.

Potters and Neer
Potters and Neer

Japanese Potters Visit the Smart Museum Ceramic Collection

Theaster Gates is currently collaborating with three Japanese potters as part of his Soul Food Pavilion project for Feast. The potters recently travelled to Chicago to make dishes for the soul food ceremonies, which will be held at Theaster’s Dorchester Project.

On their recent visit to Chicago the potters, Kouichi Ohara, Haruka Komatsu, and Yoko Matsumoto, were able to spend time with some of the ceramics in the Smart Museum collection. The potters, and Theaster’s assistant Marlease Bushnell, were shown examples of Korean ceramics chosen for them by Richard Born, Senior Curator at the Smart. They were also shown a selection of Classical Greek ceramics by Richard Neer, Professor of Humanities and Art History at the University of Chicago. This combination provided an interesting juxtaposition of the familiar –Kouichi was especially knowledgeable about the 12th century Korean pieces– and the unfamiliar, particularly with the methods used by the Ancient Greek potters.…Read More

 

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