Crafts Crazy, Plus Performance

Crafts have now infiltrated the mainstream museum world, sparked by the guerrilla tactics of performance. One of summer%26#8217;s must-see exhibitions in this direction is %26#8220;Hand+Made: The Performative Impulse in Art and Craft,%26#8221; a topical view at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, curated by Valerie Cassel Oliver. The lively, even raucous group show encompasses insouciant attitudes and avant-garde approaches, from Cat Chow%26#8217;s dollar-bill ball gown (submit an anonymous offering, and your bill will be woven into the completed frock formed from $1,000 worth of donated ones) to Lauren Kalman%26#8217;s provocative digital print of a gilded tongue. We yearn to play dress up as one of Saya Woolfalk%26#8217;s flower people, then wear this blooming garb to November%26#8217;s Orange Show Gala. Through July 25; for a schedule of the intriguing public interventions citywide that accompany %26#8220;Hand+Made,%26#8221; visit

Image:%26nbsp; Saya Woolfalk%26#8217;s No Place (pre)Constructed: Self and Landscape, 2008/10, at CAMH. Photo courtesy the artist, %26#169; Rick Gardner Photography

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