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What Can You do with an Object?

A brief history of the landmark exhibition, Objects: USA, which debuted at the Smithsonian National Collection of Fine Arts in Washington, DC in 1969 and traveled to MAD in 1972.  The most influential craft exhibition ever staged, it included works by more than three hundred artists and traveled to an astonishing twenty venues in America and ten in Europe. When the epic tour finished, many of the works in the exhibition came to MAD, forming the core of the Museum’s permanent collection.

Video created by associate curator Barbara Paris Gifford for the exhibition Craft Front & Center (on view May 22, 2021–February 13, 2022). Producer: Liam Harrison

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