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Tag You're It: Objects in the Digital Age CANCELED
Glenn Adamson

April 14 2020

When 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Where Cleveland Institute of Art, Peter B Lewis Theater

Glenn Adamson
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UPDATE: In conjunction with CIA’s precautionary measure to suspend in-school instruction in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, various events have been canceled. This includes Glenn Adamson’s lecture, “Tag You’re It: Objects in the Digital Age.”

Please join us for "Tag You’re It: Objects in the Digital Age," a lecture by Glenn Adamson, at 7pm Tuesday, April 14 in CIA's Peter B. Lewis Theater. The event is free and will be presented in partnership with the Department of Art History and Art at Case Western Reserve University.

The 21st century has been a time of dematerialization, with value flooding into the realms of digital space and intellectual property. What is the ongoing role of the physical object in such circumstances—and that of the analog skills used to make them? How should we understand digital technology in relation to such traditional craft skills? And what are the political implications of a rising tide of complexity, which can make objects seem inert and inadequate? Adamson will speak to these wide-ranging issues in a talk focusing on the "material intelligence" embedded in objects, and the aesthetic and ethical importance of keeping them centered in contemporary culture.

Adamson is a curator, writer and historian who works at the intersection of craft, design and contemporary art. He has been director of the Museum of Arts and Design; head of research at the V&A; and curator at the Chipstone Foundation in Milwaukee. Adamson's publications include Fewer Better Things: The Hidden Wisdom of Objects (2018); Thinking Through Craft (2007); The Craft Reader (2010); Postmodernism: Style and Subversion (2011, co-edited with Jane Pavitt); The Invention of Craft (2013); and Art in the Making (2016, co-authored with Julia Bryan-Wilson). His new book, Craft: An American History, will be published by Bloomsbury in fall 2020.

The lecture marks a return to CIA for Adamson. He was a keynote speaker at the ThinkCraft Symposium in 2018.



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