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Adrienne Spinozzi, Clintel Steed, and Lee Tribe: Hear Me Now: The Black Potters of Old Edgefield, South Carolina—a curatorial conversation

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Dave (later recorded as David Drake; ca. 1801 – 1870s), Stony Bluff Manufactory (ca. 1848 – 67), storage jar, 1858, alkaline-glazed stoneware, 22 5⁄8 inches high. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Ronald S. Kane Bequest, in memory of Berry B. Tracy, 2020 (2020.7).

Adrienne Spinozzi joined the American Wing in 2007 and oversees the museum’s American redware, stoneware, and art pottery collections. She recently curated Shapes from out of Nowhere: Ceramics from the Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection, an exhibition of 20th- and 21st-century ceramics. Her current project is Hear Me Now: The Black Potters of Old Edgefield, South Carolina, a presentation of 19th-century stoneware with a focus on the contributions of enslaved potters. She is a graduate of Hartwick College and the Bard Graduate Center in decorative arts, design history, and material culture.

Clintel Steed received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his MFA from Indiana University, and completed Advanced Studies at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture. His work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, most recently Clintel Steel: Endymion at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, New York; Emoji Show at Klaus von Nichtsagend, New York; and So Much, So Little, All At Once at Regina Rex, New York; among others. He is the recipient of the John Koch Award from the National Academy of Arts and Letters, and recent press includes Hyperallergic, Artcritical, and The New York Sun.

British-born artist Lee Tribe has taught at the New York Studio School, Columbia University, and Hunter College, and was the head of sculpture at Bennington College. He is the recipient of a number of awards, including the Ingram Merrill Fellowship in Sculpture, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowship. He is also a member of the National Academy of Arts, and is the recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Achievement in Art. His works are held in collections around the world and he has exhibited extensively, including representing the United States at the “Isomorphism and Sharing,”  Sculpture Symposium, Lu Xun Academy of Fine Arts, Shenyang China.

Unrecorded potter, Face jug, ca. 1850 – 70, alkaline-glazed stoneware with kaolin, 4 1⁄2 inches high. Collection of the Chipstone Foundation, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (2012.3).

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