For the current exhibition In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art, artist Allison Smith collaborated with Swedish craft and design historian Christina Zetterlund to explore the role of traditional craft in constructions of nationalism and processes of colonization.
Smith and Zetterlund discuss their project titled Models for a System and the new booklet documenting their collaboration.
In That Case: Havruta in Contemporary Art draws inspiration from the traditional Jewish learning method of studying the Talmud in pairs, havruta. The ongoing exhibition series brings individual Bay Area artists together with a scholar, scientist, writer, or other professional of his or her choice for a ten-week fellowship in creativity.
Allison Smith has exhibited her work nationally and internationally since 1995. She has produced over twenty-five solo exhibitions, installations, performances, and artist-led participatory projects for venues such as SFMOMA, Public Art Fund, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, The Arts Club of Chicago, among many others. She was, until recently, Associate Professor and Chair of the Sculpture Program at California College of the Arts and is now Associate Professor of Art at the Carnegie Mellon University School of Art in Pittsburgh.
Christina Zetterlund is a socially engaged craft and design historian active as an educator, researcher, writer, and curator. She is currently working as a Professor in Art with a specialization in Craft History and Theory at Konstfack in Stockholm, Sweden. Previously she was a curator at Rohsska, a museum of design and applied arts, and also acted as a special advisor in design at the Swedish Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation. In 2013 she initiated the Craft in Sweden project (konsthantverkissverige.se) that so far has resulted in an anthology (2014), an exhibition (2016), and ongoing workshops (2014-present).