In the Vanguard

May 24, 2019 to September 8, 2019

In the Vanguard

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, 1950-1969

In the Vanguard: Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, 1950-1969 explores how an experimental school in rural Maine transformed art, craft, and design in the 20th century and helped define the aesthetics of the nation’s counterculture.

Founded in 1950, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts played a central role in the development of American art and craft. The artists of the school’s early years—including Anni Albers, Jack Lenor Larsen, Dale Chihuly, Robert Ebendorf, M.C. Richards, and Toshiko Takaezu—worked together to create a close-knit community of craftspeople whose work broke new ground across a wide range of media. In the Vanguard is the first major museum exhibition focused solely on this school, and its insights will revise the narrative of midcentury art and craft in America.

Organized by co-curators Rachael Arauz and Diana Greenwold, the exhibition features more than 90 works of art, including textiles, ceramics, glass, metalwork, paintings, and prints, as well as newly discovered correspondence, photographs, brochures, posters, and magazine articles from the Haystack archive. In the Vanguard presents the most comprehensive exhibition to date about one of the country’s most influential and lasting art institutions. It is a vital, compelling, and inspiring story about the pivotal imprint one small school in Maine has left on midcentury American culture.

Top photo: Inside the Pot Shop (detail), July, 1961, photo by Margot Neugebauer.
Photo courtesy Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.

This research was supported by a Craft Research Fund grant from The Center for Craft.


Foundation Support:

The Libra Foundation 
Lunder Foundation - The Peter and Paula Lunder Family




Generously supported in part by:

Susan Haas Bralove, Marlin Miller, and Malcolm and Susan Rogers

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