On November 28 in Boston, a lecture by Larry Shiner “Art’s Abject Other? Or the New Cool? Rethinking the Art/Craft Dichotomy ”

Part of Boston University’s Institute for Philosophy & Religion 2012-2013 Lecture Series, “Beyond Aesthetics: Philosophical and Theological Construals of Art”

” Art’s Abject Other? Or the New Cool?
Rethinking the Art/Craft Dichotomy ”
Larry Shiner (University of Illinois at Springfield)

Wednesday, November 28, 5 p.m.
Boston University School of Law Barristers Hall
765 Commonwealth Avenue First Floor
Campus map and directions: http://www.bu.edu/maps/?id=239

Supported by the Boston University Center for the Humanities.

This event is free and open to the public.

In 2002, the American Craft Museum dropped “craft” from its name to call itself a museum of “Arts and Design,” saying craft would never escape its connection with the trivialities shown at craft fairs, but just a year later Britain’s prestigious Turner Prize for contemporary art went to the potter, Grayson Perry and recently a University of London art professor called craft “the new cool.”  During this same decade, the philosopher Dennis Dutton argued that art and craft belong to “entirely different domains” whereas Arthur Danto has claimed that thanks to the art world’s post-disciplinary pluralism the line between art and craft has been erased and that there is no longer any basis for “an invidious distinction.”  Are these people actually talking about the same thing when they use the word “craft?”  This lecture will sort out some of the different meanings and conceptual burdens borne by the idea of craft in both the studio crafts and a post-studio art world.

Dr. Shiner is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, History and Visual Arts, and has taught philosophy and cultural history at UIS since 1971.