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The closing of the group exhibition Hand+Made: The Performative Impulse in Art and Craft was celebrated with a performance by artist Cynthia Giachetti. Integrating junk-shop objects—rusted forks, spoons, knives, finials—into her own handmade ceramics, Giachetti creates sculptures that invoke a spiritual reverence for death and a sense of gratitude for what exists and what can be experienced. For her performance, Flower Ceremony (2010), the artist gave away the ceramic flowers from still life (2010), a massive ceramic chandelier made up of many floral elements that was created for the exhibition. This video documents the performance, which took place at CAMH on July 24, 2010. Giachetti was one of 19 artists whose work was featured in the exhibition. Hand+Made: The Performative Impulse in Art and Craft, curated by CAMH curator Valerie Cassel Oliver, explored the innovative means by which artists continue to expand the traditional boundaries of art and craft. Through the integration of performance, the artists featured in the exhibition have broadened the context of craft for contemporary times. The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston presented sculptural objects, environments, and site-specific installations along with photography and video, documenting performances, as well as a series of live performance events.

Cynthia Giachetti
Flower Ceremony, 2010
July 24, 2010
Video ©2010 Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
Filmed by Rolando Guajardo and edited by John Carrithers

Flower Ceremony, by Cynthia Giachetti