When: Lunch, March 7
Where: 205 Richmond
Nicholas R. Bell is The Fleur and Charles Bresler Senior Curator of American Craft and Decorative Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. He has been a curator at the museum since 2009. His research interests include American craft, decorative art in America from the 17th through the 21st centuries, folk and self-taught art, and theories of material culture.
Bell is organizing the upcoming exhibition “The World of James Castle” (2014) and has written for the forthcoming catalogue. He also is the curatorial lead for reopening projects following the Renwick Gallery’s renovation, which is now in the design phase.
Bell previously curated the highly praised Renwick Gallery’s 40th anniversary exhibition, “40 under 40: Craft Futures” (2012). Other recent exhibitions include “A Measure of the Earth: The Cole-Ware Collection of American Baskets” (2013), “History in the Making: Renwick Craft Invitational 2011” (2011) and “A Revolution in Wood: The Bresler Collection” (2010). Bell was the author of catalogues for each exhibition. He is editor of the forthcoming volume Nation Building: Craft and Contemporary American Culture, based on the proceedings of the Renwick Gallery’s 40th anniversary symposium. He has written for a variety of publications including Winterthur Portfolio and American Furniture.
Bell earned a bachelor’s degree from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia (2005), and a master’s degree from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture at the University of Delaware (2008).