Erie Art Museum to Publish New Book – Eva Zeisel: The Shape of Life

. April 14, 2010

The Erie Art Museum celebrates the arrival of its recent publication, Eva Zeisel: The Shape of Life, featuring the work of pioneering ceramist and industrial designer, Eva Zeisel. The artist’s work is explored in essays and photographs of designs and prototypes from the Erie Art Museum’s 2005-2007 exhibition of the same title.

The official book release is set for May 1, 2010, but a limited number of copies are available at a pre-sale discount through the Erie Art Museum’s gift shop, ebay store, and through Amazon.com.

Visit www.erieartmuseum.org for current release information.

About the Book
Consistently at the forefront of modern design, Zeisel has produced outstanding functional pieces throughout an artistic career spanning over 80 years. In contrast to most of the dominant designers of the era, Zeisel proudly and pointedly brought a feminine perspective to mid-century modern design.

The Shape of Life traces Zeisel’s life chronology and history as a designer and examines the comprehensive retrospective exhibition of her work held at the Erie Art Museum. The volume encompasses stunning photographs of some of her most enduring ceramics, glass and furniture designs. It includes a plate stamp chronology and critical essays, including an introduction by curator John Vanco, an overview by art writer Lance Esplund, an account of Zeisel’s work with The Orange Chicken, and a reflection on viewers’ engagement with Zeisel through the Museum’s education program.

About the Erie Art Museum
The Erie Art Museum anchors downtown Erie’s cultural and economic revitalization, occupying a group of restored mid-19th century commercial buildings, including an outstanding 1839 Greek Revival Bank. Currently under construction, the Museum’s $9 million building renovation and expansion project will create four major galleries, a number of smaller galleries, a 250-person multi-purpose performance space, a new unified entrance, and various visitor amenities. A grand opening is set for the fall of 2010.

The Museum maintains an ambitious program of 15 to 18 changing exhibitions annually, embracing a wide range of subjects, both historical and contemporary and including folk art, contemporary craft, multi-disciplinary installations, community-based work, as well at traditional media.

The Erie Art Museum also holds a collection of over 6,000 objects, which includes significant works in American ceramics, Tibetan painting, Indian bronzes, contemporary baskets, and a variety of other categories.

The Museum offers a wide range of education programs and artists’ services including interdisciplinary and interactive school tours and a wide variety of classes for the community. Performing arts are showcased in the 24-year-old Contemporary Music Series, which represents national and international performers of serious music with an emphasis on composer/performers, and a popular annual two-day Blues & Jazz Festival.

The Erie Art Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free for members, free on Wednesdays, $4 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and students and $2 for children under 12.

For additional information on the Erie Art Museum, visit online at http://www.erieartmuseum.org/ or call (814) 459-5477.

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