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Boxing Practice

May 3, 2018 - Apr 6, 2019


511 Building - Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design

Ed Cauduro and Dane Nelson Collection Studies Lab

Free and open to the public.

CCA&C Exhibitions

511 NW Broadway
Portland, Oregon, 97209   [map]

From 1937 to 2007, “contemporary crafts” was synonymous in Portland with not only a movement, but with a place. That place was 3934 SW Corbett Street, the home of the Contemporary Crafts Gallery (previously known as the Oregon Ceramic Studio and later known as Museum of Contemporary Craft).

The Contemporary Crafts Gallery on Corbett was home to a devoted community of artists, craftsmen, collectors, and appreciators. Early supporters of the Gallery believed that artists needed a community, and a community needed artists. In this sense, the Contemporary Crafts Gallery was ahead of its time, a genuinely holistic environment that felt like home to the art community at large.

In Boxing Practice, students from PNCA’s Spring 2018 “Theory of the Object” seminar point back to the vibrant community and conversations of those early years by showcasing objects added to the collection during the Corbett era, albeit concealed in cardboard boxes and muffled beneath layers of bubble wrap and packing tape. By displaying these remarkable works of contemporary craft in their archival costumes, the exhibition examines what is gained or lost when an object is added to a collection, whether an object shifts in meaning when it can’t be seen, and what remains as time, memory, history, and even archives inevitably evolve, dissolve, or change ownership.


Boxing Practice is an experiment in democratic curating by Hayley Bauske, Mitchell Coleman, Ronna Fujisawa, Emilee Higgins, Jean Keum, Mihaylina Lefterova-Pentcheva, Jason Rens, Joe Robinson, and Molly Ryan with support from Killeen Hanson.

The exhibition pulls works from the Collection of Contemporary Craft, a collection of 1,300+ pieces of contemporary craft. You can browse the full collection online at