In Conversation: Artist Sharif Bey with Carnegie Museum of Art Curator Rachel Delphia
About this Event
Join artist Sharif Bey in conversation with Rachel Delphia, the Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at Carnegie Museum of Art, organizer of the exhibition Sharif Bey: Excavations and co-editor of the accompanying publication.
5:30 pm Complimentary cocktail reception + mixing-and-mingling with Murdock members and local artists in partnership with Harvester Arts
6:30 pm Conversation with Sharif Bey and Rachel Delphia
7:30 pm Optional dinner by 1400 by Elderslie
Born as one of twelve children, Sharif Bey was raised in a large African American family in Pittsburgh. While many of the men in his family left school for jobs in industry, Bey had a pivotal experience as a high schooler at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG), a community center that inspires creativity, learning, and personal growth through the arts. MCG played a formative role for Bey throughout his teens, giving him a foundation of skills and extensive ceramics-world connections.
Shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union, Bey studied sculpture at The Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia. Later, he earned his BFA from Slippery Rock University, his MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and PhD (in art education) from Pennsylvania State University.
Inspired by modernism, functional pottery, Oceanic, African art, and Art of the African diaspora, Bey’s ceramic/glass/mix-media works investigate the cultural and political significance of adornment and the symbolic and formal properties of archetypal motifs, while questioning how the meaning of icons and function transform across cultures and time.
Pictured above: Sharif Bey, Nestle III, 2021. Glass and mixed media, 33 x 33 x 3 inches. Wichita Art Museum, Museum purchase, F. Price Cossman Memorial Trust, INTRUST Bank, Trustee.