San Diego’s Craft Revolution
I’m heading down to my hometown of San Diego for a week, and topping my list of cultural activities is an exhibition at the Mingei International Museum (Mingei means “art of the people”). San Diego’s Craft Revolution: From Post-War Modern to California Design documents the contributions of local craftsmen (and women!) to Southern California’s booming postwar art scene.
Part of the Getty’s expansive, multi-venue Pacific Standard Time initiative, the Mingei show surveys San Diego’s postwar craft tradition through the lens of a group called the Allied Craftsmen, who produced some pretty amazing stuff. The exhibition is guest curated by Dave Hampton, a local midcentury expert who co-founded Objects USA, which deals in vintage SoCal design.
Find out more about San Diego’s Craft Revolution.
Image: Double Door by Svetozar Radakovich in collaboration with Carl Ekstrom, ca. 1967, from the Mingei.