Join us for a conversation with scholar, writer, and curator Holly Gore. We’ll discuss her past research on Wharton Esherick, as well as her current work on the intersections of modernist art and design with skilled, manual labor. In this new scholarship, Gore investigates how woodworking, in the hands of artists such as George Nakashima, Molly Gregory, and Isamu Noguchi, became a medium where makers invented new forms of work, asked questions about what work should be, and enacted their American citizenship.
Holly Gore is a Ph.D. Candidate in Art History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, specializing in modern and contemporary art with a focus on American craft, where she is writing her dissertation “Reinventing Work: Modernist Wood and Skilled Trade, 1930-1970.” Her 2013 MA thesis, “Organic Form in the Functional Woodworks of Wharton Esherick” was completed at Stanford University. In fall, 2019, Holly was the Furniture Society Resident Writer at the Arrowmont School for Arts and Crafts, and as a 2017-18 Windgate Curatorial Fellow at the Asheville Art Museum, she curated the multimedia exhibition, Crafting Abstraction. Prior to beginning her academic career, Gore was a practicing cabinetmaker and woodworker.
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