Building a Collection • Opening Reception, October 7, 2018

Exhibition Dates: October 6, 2018 – March 31, 2019

The process of selecting, accumulating, and organizing objects – in other words, collecting – is central to our identity as humans. Collections, both individual and institutional, influence our perception of the world around us, and, at the same time, they constitute cultural and historical narratives far greater than the sum of their parts. Collecting is simultaneously individual and social, political and economic, and anthropological and psychological. It is, in short, a complex and endless field of possibilities.

Even when the focus is narrowed to ceramic collections, idiosyncrasies and exceptions persist. For over the past 15 years, AMOCA’s Permanent Collection has grown to embrace the unique peculiarities of building a collection of ceramic art, and this exhibition provides a brief snapshot of the many ways that works have found a permanent home here at the museum.

Whether works arrive in volume, as part of a collector’s lifelong, dedicated pursuit, or as a gift of the artist, or in memoriam of a friend or loved one with a passion for spreading their love of art, or completely by chance and happenstance, they all become part of the ceramic story told here at AMOCA.

Image: Ronna Neuenschwander, Justice for Some, ceramic mosaic, 2017