Wood Turning in North America Since 1930
September 10 – December 1, 2002
Exhibited at the Yale University Art Gallery
About Wood Turning in North America Since 1930
This survey exhibition and publication of modern American wood turning was a joint venture of The Wood Turning Center (now The Center for Art in Wood) and Yale University Art Gallery. This major exhibition tracing the 20th- century transformation of wood turning – the cutting of wood as it spins on a lathe – shows how the craft evolved from a technical process considered ideal for manual training in high schools to a sophisticated art form concerned with aesthetics and personal expression. The exhibition comprises 134 works of remarkable individuality, beauty, and wit, from simple bowls and vases to abstract sculpture, brought together from public and private collections throughout the country.
The exhibition and accompanying catalog have been made possible in part by the Windgate Charitable Foundation, the Barra Foundation, the Chipstone Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support has been provided by Robyn and John Horn, Jane and Arthur Mason, Ruth and David Waterbury, and the Wornick Family Foundation.