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Baber Room Exhibitions

Chinese Folk Pottery: The Art of the Everyday
August 22 - September 20, 2018

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Presentation by Marie Woo - traveling exhibit curator
September 13, 2018
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Park Library Auditorium
Reception following in Baber Room

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This exhibition explores contemporary folk pottery produced within the diversity of ethnic minorities and Han people across China. The objects were collected between 1995 - 2009. The represented works are a cross-section of products by Tibetan, Dai, Miao, Bai, and Han potters.

The pottery is examined from three different perspectives: production values, functions and aesthetics. Mass-produced plastics which have flooded the larger commercial markets in the last twenty years, have reduced the demand for folk pottery, posing a challenge to artisians from rural areas with these specialize pottery skills and knowledge. In many cases, once thriving pottery villages with multiple kilns, and numerous families of skilled potters have shruken to a single potter.

Throughout the 8,000 years of China's ceramic history, the vast majority of pottery produced has been utilitarian objects created for the average consumer. The ceramics on display in museums and collected by connoisseurs often represent only the objects produced for the most elite members of society. Objects of daily use have often been overlooked for critical appreciation of the techniques and aesthetics.

This exhibition presents a window of diveristy and the rich tradition in Chinese folk pottery.

Fiber Art

Sally Rose

January - February, 2019

 Baber Room – CMU Libraries

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A Weaver's Notebook of Endangered Wildflowers

Carol Irving

March 25 - May 20, 2019

Baber Room - CMU Libraries


  Artist Presentation

April 9, 2019

3PM Park Library Auditorium

followed by reception in Baber Room


-In celebration of Earth Day-

The weavings of Carol Irving

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Baber Room Mission Statement


The Baber Room provides students, faculty, staff and community members a place to experience thought-provoking artworks as well as a place to read and study. Towards that end, exhibitions of individuals and groups as well as curated projects of professional artists are on rotating display throughout the academic semesters. Library related items outside of the fine arts are also considered for display at the discretion of the Library Art Committee. The Baber Room also provides a platform for student enrichment, as well as alumni community outreach through educational programming such as artist lectures and gallery talks. The library encourages proposals for exhibitions, exhibits traveling shows and develops exhibitions.

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All exhibits are free and open to the public
Questions? Contact Janet Danek 
University Libraries Exhibit Coordinator 


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