"Objects: USA the Johnson collection of contemporary crafts premiered at the Smithsonian National Collection of Fine Arts in Washington on October 3, 1969. Sponsored by Johnson Wax, it was conceived and organized by Lee Nordness, a New York gallery owner. After the premier showing it toured the United States and Europe. At the end of the European tour most of the works were donated to American museums that exhibited the collection. A full catalog in the form of a book published by Viking Press documents the exhibition and includes an essay by Lee Nordness." -American Craft Council
"Objects: USA 2020 revisits this revolutionary exhibition and its accompanying catalog–which has become a bible of sorts to curators, gallerists, dealers, craftspeople, artists, and auction houses–by pairing fifty participants from the original exhibition with fifty contemporary artists representing the next generation of practitioners to use–and upend–the traditional methods and materials of craft to create new forms of art.
Coinciding with an exhibition of the same title, and featuring essays by some of the foremost authorities on craft, including Glenn Adamson, curator and former director of the Museum of Arts & Design; James Zemaitis, curator and former head of twentieth-century design at Sotheby’s; and Lena Vigna, curator of exhibitions at the Racine Art Musuem; an interview with Paul J. Smith, the cocurator of Objects: USA; archival photographs of the original exhibition and important historical works; and lush full-color images of contemporary works, Objects: USA 2020 is an essential art historical reference that traces how craft was elevated to the status of museum-quality art, and sets its trajectory forward." -Objects: USA 2020, Montacelli Press