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White House Collection of American Crafts
White House Collection of American Crafts

White House Collection of American Crafts

Our Price: $350.00
This book is out-of- print and has been personally signed by Hillary Rodham Clinton. The Clintons thought of the White House as the American people’s house and a 200-year-old living museum of American art and history. As First Lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton promoted the arts and culture through many initiatives. One of those, The White House Collection of American Crafts, presented a wonderful opportunity to display contemporary American crafts in the formal public rooms of the White House. The collection serves as a recognition of our country’s longstanding tradition of craft making and a tribute to the richness and diversity of this important aspect of our heritage. The exquisite pieces within the collection illustrate the skill, imagination, and vitality characteristic of craft in the 1990s. This 25th anniversary exhibit is the first time in 18 years that the complete collection will be on display. Michael W. Monroe, Curator-in-Charge of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American Art, selected this collection of fine contemporary crafts specifically for the interiors of the White House, to be viewed and admired alongside the works of the past. Prepared in conjunction with an exhibition at the National Museum of American Art, this volume features ninety-two full-color photographs - some showcasing the pieces in the private quarters and public spaces of the White House - taken expressly for this book by John Bigelow Taylor. In addition to an introduction to the collection and commentaries on each piece by Michael Monroe, the book includes an essay on the significance and cultural value of crafts by Barbaralee Diamonstein, a foreword by Elizabeth Broun, Director of the National Museum of American Art, and brief biographies of each artist.
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