Xenobia Bailey and Maria Hupfield
Museum of Arts and Design
Studio Views: Craft in the Expanded Field
10/24/17 – 12/17/18

images courtesy of artists and Museum of Art & Design

Studio Views: Craft in the Expanded Field features interdisciplinary artists at work on large-scale, immersive, and community-engaged installations that challenge and expand the boundaries of traditional craft-practice. Over the course of nineteen weeks, a total of four alumni of the Museum’s Artist Studios Program—Xenobia Bailey, Maria Hupfield, LJ Roberts, and Sarah Zapata—will be invited back to MAD for two cycles of micro-residencies, with two artists working in the gallery at a time. Alongside the gallery-situated studios will be a lounge featuring small displays of ephemera, research materials, drawings, and studio experiments, providing the public with a deeper view into the process and transdisciplinary interests of each artist.

Seen here, Xenobia Bailey and Maria Hupfield present their ongoing explorations of the impression that craft has held in their studio practice and the unique aspects it infuses into their respective artistic practices. By reconsidering the role that craft plays in contemporary art we can better understand how the arts are inhabiting a new status as an evolving interdisciplinary cultural organism. Alongside the artists’ works for the course of these micro-residencies will be sketches, materials studies and experiments to better reveal the artists’ practic to the public. Xenobia Bailey’s public artwork, Funktional Vibrations, is on view at the Hudson Yards 7 Train stop in New York City, while Maria Hupfield’s ongoing investigation of materials, fabric and performance situate her in a unique position to link craft to the wider arts spectrum.

text by Audra Lambert