From Funk to Punk: Left Coast Ceramics surveys the rich continuing history of California, Oregon, and Washington artists working in a wide variety of aesthetics, scale, and conceptual styles. The exhibition provides a survey of iconic works from the Museum’s collection beginning in the 1950s, to work created in today’s dynamic cultural and artistic landscape, capturing the spirit and innovations synonymous with West Coast art over the last six decades.
From Funk to Punk: Left Coast Ceramics is made possible through support from the Richard Mather Fund.
In the course of Peter Held’s impressive three-decade career as a museum director and contemporary art curator, he has organized more than 200 exhibitions, including seven national traveling shows.
Acknowledged as a national authority on modern and contemporary studio ceramics, he has received three of the highest accolades possible within the field: the Ceramic Lifetime Achievement Award from the Friends of Contemporary Ceramics (2007); the Smithsonian’s James Renwick Alliance Distinguished Educator Award (2014); and the National Council for Education on the Ceramic Arts Honorary Member Award (2014).