Dead Blogging ‘The Art of Croquet’ at the Fuller Craft Museum

Well the Missus and I trundled down to Brockton the other day to check out the Fuller Craft Museum’s current exhibits and say, they were swell.

The main event is Interpreting Change: Weavers’ Guild of Boston – 1922 – 2022 (through October 16).

Interpreting Change: Weavers’ Guild of Boston – 1922-2022 is a juried exhibition produced as a collaborative effort between Fuller Craft Museum and Weavers’ Guild of Boston (WGB) – the oldest weaver’s guild in the U.S – to celebrate WGB’s centennial anniversary and its members creative accomplishments. These exquisite works were created specifically for this exhibition and highlight developments in materials, artistic taste, and the nature of process-oriented craft.

Much of the work is indeed exquisite, and virtually all of it’s engaging.

Ditto for Marilyn Pappas: A Retrospective (through August 28).

Fuller Craft Museum is proud to present the first museum retrospective of Somerville textile artist Marilyn Pappas. The exhibition features works from all stages of her 60-year career, from her socially minded, garment-based work of the 1960s to her travel-inspired collages to her outsized textiles depicting sculptures of ancient goddesses. At once timeless and highly relevant to today, Pappas’s forms chronicle the many stages of her life while offering powerful statements on the enduring strength, vibrancy, and resilience of women.

Representative samples:

Extremely impressive, especially given that Ms. Pappas has worked well into her 90s.

Our favorite exhibit, however, was decidedly more lighthearted: “Out of Bounds: The Art of Croquet [through November 6] is a striking exhibition of croquet mallets and balls made by 21 of the world’s leading wood artists, each exploring the function, form, and historic allure of the enduring sport.”

It’s a hoot. Here’s a video posted on YouTube a year ago by The Wharton Esherick Museum. It features a conversation with Jennifer-Navva Milliken, Artistic Director at the Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia and the co-curator, along with artist Silas Kopf, of the exhibit.

The video is 50 minutes long – about the same amount of time it takes to drive from Brookline to Brockton.

Well worth the trundle, in our humble opinion.

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