an illustration of
artwork by Marc Leuthold
January 14, 2003 - March 30, 2003
Times, a solo exhibition of work
by Marc Leuthold, opens at the Museum on Tuesday, January 14, 2003.
The artwork in the exhibition will consist mostly of carved, circular,
radiating ceramic forms. Included with these will be thrown forms
and a glass form. The exhibition title is derived from an excerpt
from Booker T. Washington's autobiography, Up From Slavery.
The excerpt will accompany the objects in the show as enlarged text
on a wall hanging. The text describes Booker T. Washington's famous
Washington gained entrance to college by cleaning
a "recitation-room" for the "lady principal."
After Washington cleaned everything "four times," the
lady principal could not find a "particle of dust" anywhere.
As a result, she quietly remarked, "I guess you will do to
enter this institution." *
Marc Leuthold says of the exhibition's inspiration:
"Oftentimes we do not want to do things four times. I recall
refinishing floors in my home. I managed to refinish most of them
three times, but only in the kitchen and dining room did I apply
varnish four times. Yet usually this extra effort is worth the trouble.
Booker T. Washington's sweeping examination transformed his life.
By gaining admission to Hampton Institute he secured the education
he needed to become one of the greatest Americans. The extra effort
was well worth it for Washington and for the thousands of people
he educated at Tuskegee Institute. I am inspired by this kind of
perseverance. In our busy lives, those of us who take the time to
do things four times are sometimes considered compulsive and obsessive.
Yet as potters and sculptors, making things four times is a natural
part of our studio lives. What potter does not work in series, quietly
studying and perfecting a form? The results can be powerful and
the intrinsic rewards, fulfilling."
*Up From Slavery, Booker T. Washington, Bantam
Pathfinder edition, 1963, page 36.
About the Artist
Marc Leuthold was born in Mount Kisco, New York
in 1962. He currently lives in Potsdam, New York, and is an assistant
professor of art at the State University of New York College at
Potsdam, where he teaches ceramics studio courses. In 1985, Marc
received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the College of William
and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia and he earned his Master of Fine
Arts degree at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in
1988. He has been a visiting professor at Princeton University and
an adjunct professor at South Hampton College, Long Island University,
South Hampton, New York, and Parsons School of Design, New School
for Social Research in New York City. His work has been reviewed
and celebrated in many art books and periodicals, as well as catalogues
accompanying exhibitions of his work.
Marcs past solo exhibitions include shows
at the R. Duane Reed Gallery in St. Louis, Missouri and the Everson
Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York. Marcs work has been displayed
at SOFA/NY (Sculpture Objects Functional Art, New York) the last
three years and he has also participated in exhibitions at the Smithsonians
Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC, the Metropolitan Museum of Art
and the American Craft Museum in New York City, the Mint Museum
of Art in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Longhouse Foundation in
East Hampton, New York, and the Chicago International New Art Forms
Expo. Internationally, Marc has shown in Finland, France, Germany,
Korea, and New Zealand. His work is included in several permanent
collections, including those of the American Craft Museum, Memorial
Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and
Takashimaya America in New York City, the Brooklyn Museum and Urban
Glass Archive in Brooklyn, New York, the Smithsonian Museum of American
Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Mint Museum of Art.
Special projects and honors for Marc include receiving
artists grants and fellowships from the Craft Alliance of
New York in Syracuse, the JINRO International Ceramic Workshop in
Korea, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin
and been a guest artist at the Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts
in Edgecomb, Maine. He has participated in artists residencies
at Urban Glass in Brooklyn, the Bemis Center in Omaha, Nebraska,
the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada, and La Napoule
Foundation Fellowship in France. In 1999, Marc became an elected
member of the International Academy of Ceramics in Geneva, Switzerland.
For more than a decade, Marc has been creating
intricately carved ceramic discs, wheels, and cones in earthenware,
stoneware, porcelain, and even glass. His work is occasionally glazed,
but often left in the biscuit stage. The exhibition includes 19
objects, including some of his most recent work. Many of Marcs
trademark circular, radiating forms are displayed, as well as his
delicate wheel-thrown work.
Rococo Dyad, 2002, carved, biscuit, pigmented porcelain,
On loan from the Artist. Photo by Eva Heyd.