Join us for a conversation with Beth Goodrich, the Librarian at the American Craft Council (ACC), as she shares Esherick-related highlights and craft connections from the ACC’s expansive archival collections. While Beth also oversees the ACC’s physical library located in Minneapolis, we’ll focus on the ACC Digital Collections, an open-access online compendium containing thousands of unique images, documents, and media, detailing the history of twentieth-century and contemporary craft in America. In this program, we’ll discuss Esherick’s 1958-1959 retrospective exhibition The Furniture and Sculpture of Wharton Esherick at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts (now the Museum of Art and Design) and sponsored by the ACC, as well as his relationships with other craft artists represented in the ACC’s resources, such as Henry Varnum Poor and Ruth Reeves.
Beth Goodrich joined ACC as the librarian in 2017. She manages the library, archives, and digital collections for the organization and provides research and reference support for ACC staff, members, and the public. Beth received her BA in theatre arts and communications from Kalamazoo College in Michigan and her MLIS (with a concentration in information organization) from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. She has worked with a number of repositories in the Twin Cities, including Hennepin County Library, the Minnesota Digital Library at Minitex, and the American Swedish Institute.
Photo: Installation view of the exhibition The Furniture and Sculpture of Wharton Esherick held at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York City, December 12, 1958 – February 15, 1959. Courtesy American Craft Council Library & Archives.
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