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Voulkos: The Breakthrough Years

Smithsonian American Art Museum: Renwick Gallery

Voulkos: The Breakthrough Years, is the first exhibition to focus on the early career of Peter Voulkos, from 1953–1968. While trained as a traditional potter, Voulkos' radical methods and ideas during this period opened up the possibilities for ceramics in ways that are still being felt today. Voulkos defied mid-century craft dictums of proper technique and form, completely re-inventing his medium. He combined wheel throwing with slab-building, traditional glazes with epoxy paint, figuration with abstraction, and made huge ceramic structures with complex internal engineering. The exhibition will feature thirty-one examples from this crucial body of early work, most of which have not been exhibited on the East Coast for four decades. Also included will be three of the artist's rarely seen works in oil on canvas, which help to demonstrate how Voulkos developed his ideas concurrently in painting, sculpture, and pottery.
Date & Time
  • Every Day!
  • Apr 07, 2017 through Aug 20, 2017
  • 10:30AM - 5:30PM
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