The “material-turn” in the humanities and social sciences has brought increased attention to the study of craft across diverse fields, ranging from art and design history, decorative arts, and material culture studies to anthropology, science and technology studies, and curation. Artists, architects, urban planners, engineers, and computer scientists are exploring the craftlike nature and implications of their research and professional practice in new ways. Institutions are combining the investigatory and teaching strategies of traditional academic disciplines with “learning by doing,” and the influence of global studies has led scholars to seek out, understand, and contextualize craft outside of the studio craft or the arts and craft movements. The study of craft is at a critical moment as more researchers turn toward this subject and expand its geographic, temporal, and intellectual boundaries. The 2018 Shared Ground symposium explores cross-disciplinary approaches to craft studies, with an eye towards intersecting and divergent theories, methodologies, and sites of practice.


A detailed schedule and ticketing information is available here.

Thursday, September 20, 5:30–10 pm
The Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

Friday, September 21, 9 am–6 pm
Bard Graduate Center
38 West 86th Street, New York, NY 10024

Saturday, September 22, 10 am–3:45 pm
The Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019


This three-day symposium will be livestreamed. The livestream for Friday will be available here the day of the event or you can watch on our YouTube page. The livestream for Thursday and Saturday can be viewed on the Museum of Arts and Design’s YouTube page.

Shared Ground: Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Craft Studies is organized by Elissa Auther, Catherine Whalen, and Marilyn Zapf, and is presented by Bard Graduate Center, the Center for Craft, and the Museum of Arts and Design with support from the Windgate Fund at the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.