Open night AIDS benefit at the Seventh Regiment Armory Show, New York City, 1990

In May of 1989 an ambitious tour of 15 cities in Europe began when a Cultural Presentation of the United States of America Exhibition premiered at the Museé Des Arts Decoratifs (part of the Louvre) in Paris. The following is the opening paragraph from the accompanying catalog:

"Craft Today USA is a celebration of the handmade in the 1980s. It surveys one of the most vital areas of creative activity in the visual arts in the United States today. The artists represented in the exhibition are some of America's outstanding professionals specializing in clay,fiber,wood, and metal. They range in experience from those who have been active in the craft movement for decades to younger, emerging artists. This collection of there works created since 1980 illustrates the diversity, vitality, and creativity of American craft today."
-Paul J. Smith, Director Emeritus, American Craft Museum

The American Craft Museum organized the touring exhibition as a European extension of the inaugural exhibition Craft Today: Poetry of the Physical for the Museum's 30th anniversary and to open its new space at 40 West 53rd Street, New York City. Under the sponsorship of Philip Morris Companies, Poetry of the Physical toured six cities in the United States.

The TorreyVessels™ MyGalaxy included in the European tour is on display in the Gallery.

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