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Thursday, May 22, 2014 // 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Opening Reception – Infinite Place: The Ceramic Art of Wayne Higby; and Gregg Moore: Heirloom


The Philadelphia Art Alliance is pleased to present two solo exhibitions by ceramicist Wayne Higby and artist & designer Gregg Moore.

Infinite Place: The Ceramic Art of Wayne Higby

Organized by Peter Held, curator of ceramics at the Ceramics Research Center at Arizona State University, Infinite Place: The Ceramic Art of Wayne Higby is a landmark exhibition featuring the work of contemporary ceramicist Wayne Higby, who is widely considered one of the most innovative second generation artists to emerge from the post-WWII American studio ceramics movement. The exhibition includes work from the 1960s to the present, offering a full view of the artist's stylistic development. Higby's trajectory in ceramics has intriguing parallels with multidisciplinary movements such as environmental and land art of the 1960s and '70s. The exhibition will highlight Higby’s earlier raku-fired ceramics and later groundbreaking large-scale architectural wall installations, as well as his study drawings. Reflecting on the five decades of his work, the artist says, “My work is a meditation on the relationship between spirit and matter. It is not about landscape.”

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Gregg Moore: Heirloom

Heirloom is a unique installation by artist and designer Gregg Moore, which will transform the PAA’s ground floor galleries into both a traditional exhibition of objects and a public space to dine. Heirloom will bring audiences into a conversation about making, buying, and eating that links the fields of art, craft, and design with the practices of farming and gardening. Moore uses ceramics’ unique relationship to the earth and the table to explore the deep connection between local agriculture and consumerism.

Table D’Hôte, a series of family-style meals presented by Moore and renowned chef Pierre Calmels of Le Chéri restaurant, will be held in the galleries throughout the duration of the exhibition. Calmels and Moore share a reverence for technique and craftsmanship in their respective fields, and are excited to be collaborating on a project the likes of which neither has ever quite embarked on before.

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