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The Young & Beautiful

November 29, 2012

LACMA’s Decorative Arts & Design Council invites you to attend

“The Young & Beautiful”: Michael Cardew, Modern Pots, and the Counterculture in North America 1967-1981

A lecture by Tanya Harrod
Independent Design Historian, Author and Co-Editor of The Journal of Modern Craft

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
LECTURE 7 PM
RECEPTION 8 PM
LACMA | Brown Auditorium
5905 Wilshire Boulevard 

This talk discusses the work of Michael Cardew (1901–83), one of the most remarkable craftsmen of the twentieth-century. A man of paradox, Cardew was a modernist who disliked modernity, a Brit who despised the British Empire, and a champion of the disaffected whose work came to be valued by the elite art establishment. Harrod covers Cardew’s sojourn from a life making majestic slipware in Gloucestershire and then on an African subcontinent rich in local clays and artistic traditions, and then to his founding of a countercultural pottery concern in Cornwall, and finally to his lengthy stays in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. This talk marks the publication of Harrod’s latest work, The Last Sane Man: Michael Cardew, Modern Pots, Colonialism and the Counterculture (Yale University Press), which will be for sale before and after the lecture.

Lecture will start promptly at 7 PM. Kindly RSVP by December 3rd to decartscouncil@lacma.org or 323-857-6528. Complimentary parking will be available in the lot located on the corner of Spaulding Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard.

Free admission for DADC members and Students with ID
$15 LACMA Members | $20 General Admission

The 2012-2013 DADC lecture series is generously sponsored by The Elsie de Wolfe Foundation.

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