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In the Vanguard: Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, 1950-1969


In the Vanguard: Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, 1950–1969 traces this unique school’s impact on American art during the mid-twentieth century. Accompanying a landmark exhibition, this catalogue documents Haystack’s innovative pedagogy and its role as a major force in the studio craft movement. Anni Albers, Robert Arneson, Dale Chihuly, Arline Fisch, Jack Lenor Larsen, Harvey Littleton, and Toshiko Takaezu are among the artists who helped define the school’s model of communally oriented, process-based learning. With deeply researched essays that detail the school’s founding and first two decades, archival photographs, and images of rarely or never-before published works made at Haystack, In the Vanguard introduces readers to the important legacy of this groundbreaking institution.

Published in association with the Portland Museum of Art.

Exhibition dates:
Portland Museum of Art, Maine: May 24–September 8, 2019
Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan: December 13, 2019–March 8, 2020


Pages: 192
8.5 x 10.5
Illustrations: 196 illustrations