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Alice House Wall 1967

Robert Arneson, Alice House Wall, 1967. Glazed ceramic, 59 x 93 x 15 1/4 inches.

Collection of the Museum of Art and Design, New York.

Robert Arneson is included in a group exhibition at the Museum of Art and Design, New York, titled Craft Front & Center. Organized into eight distinct categories, this installation of MAD’s permanent collection broadly surveys the history of craft in the United States and abroad. Arneson is present in the category asking “What Can You Do with Clay?,” to which his response takes the form of a massive ceramic memorial of his family home on Alice Street in Davis, CA. In the mid-1960s, following a series of works based on household objects, Arneson shifted his focus to the house itself - specifically his own. His 1967 sculpture Alice House Wall is one of several, large-scale sculptures depicting the Alice house, comprising nearly eight feet of hand-built, glazed ceramic clay.

The exhibition is on view through February 13, 2022. Find more information here

Watch a short clip organized by the museum, narrating the origins of the Funk Art movement in San Francisco during the 1960s: