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Simone Leigh in "Making Knowing: Craft in Art, 1950–2019"

Simone Leigh, Cupboard VIII, 2018, Stoneware, steel, raffia, albany slip

125 x 120 x 120 inches (317.5 x 304.8 x 304.8 cm)

Simone Leigh is featured in Making Knowing: Craft in Art, 1950–2019 on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.


Making Knowing: Craft in Art, 1950–2019 foregrounds how visual artists have explored the materials, methods, and strategies of craft over the past seven decades. Some expand techniques with long histories, such as weaving, sewing, or pottery, while others experiment with textiles, thread, clay, beads, and glass, among other mediums. The traces of the artists’ hands-on engagement with their materials invite viewers to imagine how it might feel to make each work.

The exhibition provides new perspectives on subjects that have been central to artists, including abstraction, popular culture, feminist and queer aesthetics, and recent explorations of identity and relationships to place. Together, the works demonstrate that craft-informed techniques of making carry their own kind of knowledge, one that is crucial to a more complete understanding of the history and potential of art.