Michael Strand and the Misfit Cup Liberation Project
Ceramic artist and North Dakota State University professor Michael Strand gave a talk earlier today as part of the Current Perspectives lecture series, and is doing a workshop with students in Casey Whittier’s social practice class, “This is Place: Connecting Ceramics, Culture and Community.” Tomorrow night everyone will have the opportunity to participate in his Misfit Cup Liberation Project at the KCAI Crossroads Gallery: Center for Contemporary Practice.
Strand’s practice centers around using art to engage communities in the sharing of stories and experiences. The Misfit Cup Liberation Project was started in 2011, with its first event at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, ND. Its objective is for members of the community to bring in a cup they own and share its story, and then to exchange it for a cup made by Strand or another potter. The project has since expanded to several continents, with the goal of collecting 1,001 cups—and, as a concomitant, 1,001 stories.
A gallery discussion will begin at 5 PM on Friday, March 3rd at the KCAI Crossroads Gallery, with the reception and exchange following from 6–8 PM.