Curator and arts writer Ingrid Schaffner will give a talk at the Northlight building at Penland School of Crafts at 8:00 PM on Sunday, August 22. Titled, Crafting Exhibitions, her talk will be a survey of her work as a curator, covering her interests in feminism, photography, and historic surrealism. Andrew Glasgow, the former director of the American Crafts Council, will lead a discussion with Schaffner and the audience after her talk. Schaffner is the senior curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, and her talk takes place during her participation in Penland’s new Andrew Glasgow Writers Residency.
Ingrid Schaffner has been working in contemporary art since the mid-1980s and has developed an exceptional body of work around three themes: surrealism, collecting, and photography. Among her many projects, Deep Storage was a major international survey of 50 contemporary artists which represented issues and images of collecting, storage, and archiving. Other exhibitions include Pictures, Patents, Monkeys, More … on collecting, Richard Tuttle, In Parts, 1998-2001, and The Photogenic: Photography Through its Metaphor. She has numerous publications on 20th century art, art reviews in Artforum, and catalog essays.