The Good Making of Good Things:
Craft Horizons Magazine, 1941-1979

March 7 – June 2, 2019

During its nearly 40 years in print, Craft Horizons documented the craft movement as it happened. The Good Making of Good Things features an outstanding assortment of studio craft of the period, drawn from the M’s collection of artworks in wood, metal, fiber, glass, and ceramics. Select pieces are coupled with related magazine articles, reviews, and covers. Together, they illustrate the essential roles both the museum and the magazine played in the development of mid-century craft and its burgeoning cultural community of makers.

In this pre-Internet era, Craft Horizons was the field’s tutorial guide, its social network and image-sharing database. It gave artists, enthusiasts, scholars, and casual hobbyists a bird’s eye view on all that was occurring in craft. By the 1970s, Craft Horizons had grown in the field’s leading voice. In 1979, its publisher, the American Craft Council, rebranded the magazine as American Craft, which is still in print today.

With original imagery, selected artists, viewpoints from artists, makers, and critics, alongside representative period objects, The Good Making of Good Things provides audiences with a rich, first-hand account of the history of craft in America, as well as a contemporary selection of makers pushing the field forward today.

The exhibition, adapted for the M and in its third iteration, debuted at the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design (CCCD) in Asheville, NC in 2017, followed by a second installation at the Ceramics Research Center at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ in 2018. Guest curators for this exhibition at the M include Elizabeth Essner, Lily Kane, and Meaghan Roddy, the 2017 CCCD Curatorial Fellows.

Exhibition-related programs and tours:
Public programs and tours are on-site at the M unless otherwise noted.

MEMBER PREVIEW * Exclusively for members of the M and American Craft Council
Wed., March 6, 5 – 8 p.m. | Remarks at 6 p.m.
$10 for members * $20 for non-members (covers admission + a membership at the M!)
Members get a sneak peek at our spring exhibition. Ticket includes a free craft cocktail, cash bar, and small bites by CRAVE.

Artists in Action: Third Daughter Restless Daughter (Wone & Youa Vang)
Sat., April 13, 2 – 4 p.m.
Free and open to the public
Join this sibling artist duo for an afternoon of nontraditional crafts by way of subversive cross-stitch. See where your thread and needle take you! The artists will support participants through demos and conversation and share their take on craft-making that crosses cultural traditions and pushes boundaries. You’ll be able to add your stitchery to a growing, communal art piece. All are welcome, no experience required, materials provided.

Artist Talk: The Good Making of Good Things
Thurs., April 25, 6 p.m.
Free admission * Registration is required

Join us for a conversation with some of the local artists whose spectacular work is featured in the exhibition.

Conversation: The Good Making of [Publishing of] Good Things
An ACC Activation at the M

Thurs., May 2, 5 – 7:30 p.m. | Program begins at 6 p.m.
Free, and open to the public
American Craft Council’s senior director of programs and public engagement, Scott Pollock, will facilitate a conversation on the history and future of writing and publishing on craft. Featured speakers include Marilyn Zapf, assistant director and curator at the Center for Craft in Asheville, North Carolina; artist Tetsuya Yamada; writer and publisher Brenda Tran; and American Craft’s interim editor in chief, Megan Guerber.

Wide Open Studio: Women’s Woodshop
March – May in the Josephine Adele Center for Creativity
Our spring artist-designed project for the Wide Open Studio is created by Jess Hirsch and friends from Women’s Woodshop. Look for their “living room” arrangements of thrifted furniture through the museum. Reconfigure the pieces into new groupings and vignettes drawn from your imagination, and think about the hands that made them, and the many lives of the objects in our lives. Snap a photo, tag us (@womenswoodshop @mnmuseum), and share your rearrangement of objects on social media!

Flash Talks
Fridays and Saturdays at noon
Free and open to the public

Bite-sized 10- to 15-minute chats about the exhibitions and new museum facility, offered twice each week by M volunteers.

Dig deeper into what’s on view in the galleries with our curator Christopher Atkins and curatorial assistant Mia Laufer. Free and open to the public.
Thursday, April 4, noon • Christopher Atkins
Sunday, May 12, noon • Mia Laufer

Exclusively for M members | Free
Take a special tour through the show with the M’s curator of exhibitions, Christopher Atkins. Reservations required. RSVP online.
Sat., April 20, 2 p.m.

ASL interpretation is available for some tours.