Archive Table 3 // Duplicating Daniel
Archive Table 3 // Duplicating Daniel
Courtesy of Mills College Art Museum
Image: Phil Bond Photography
2020

ARCHIVE TABLE 3
Collection of Greenwich House Pottery, New York
Minnie Negoro: Porcelain Craftsman Press Release
Greenwich House Pottery Ceramics Faculty Exhibition Flyer
Minnie Negoro: One-Man Show Press Release
Greenwich House Pottery 1963-1964 Season Brochure
Minnie Negoro / Porcelain Exhibition Flyer
Greenwich House Pottery Glaze Book
Greenwich House Pottery Key to the Fellowship + Residency Space
Overexposed slide images of Minnie Negoro’s Exhibition at Greenwich House Pottery
1956 Composition Book of Greenwich House Pottery Publicity
Daniel Rhodes, Vessel, Condition Report 1
Daniel Rhodes, Vessel, Condition Report 2
Daniel Rhodes, Vessel, Six Photographs
Daniel Rhodes Exhibition Poster
Daniel Rhodes 1962 Press Release

Additional Items
Two Glazes Tests for Brown, One Silver by Nathan Lynch
Four Images on the Subject of Minnie Negoro from the Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley

Duplicating Daniel
Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA
January 22-March 15, 2020

Duplicating Daniel traces artist Kari Marboe’s attempts to recreate an original sculpture, recorded as missing from Mills College Art Museum’s permanent collection, by the influential but under-recognized ceramicist Daniel Rhodes. The only remaining evidence of this sculpture is its accession date (1975, gift of the artist) and a murky black and white photocopy.

Daniel Rhodes taught ceramics at Alfred University, New York, for 25 years and published six books on technical ceramics, including the widely relied upon Clay and Glazes for the Potter. Duplicating Daniel features Marboe’s attempts to recreate the original Rhodes sculpture based on data collected from research in the museum’s archives, as well as the archives at Alfred University and Greenwich House Pottery, NY, and descriptive information mined from interviews with artists and curators who knew Rhodes and his work.

The exhibition includes Marboe’s numerous attempts to create physical ‘replicas’ of Rhodes’ sculpture and other renditions developed in the course of her research. Additional areas of investigation include creating ceramic “kickstand” sculptures that address the question, if the piece now exists only as a photograph, how can we help it stand up and be a sculpture again? Marboe’s work also explores the language of her process, including watercolor paintings using the sculpture’s potential color (described by ceramicist Nancy Selvin as an “uncool, but cool, brown”) to depict synonyms of the word “duplicate.” At the end of the exhibition, one of Marboe’s sculptures will enter the museum’s permanent collection as a replacement for the missing Rhodes piece.

In addition, the exhibition also features related works from the museum’s renowned Antonio Prieto Collection of Contemporary Ceramics. During Antonio Prieto’s tenure (1950–67) as a Mills faculty member, the San Francisco Bay Area played an important role in the evolution of ceramics. The exhibition plays with this specific history of ceramics at Mills, the interconnectivity of the ceramics community, and the Bay Area’s cultural legacy.

The first iteration of this work was developed in collaboration with A-B Projects, Los Angeles, 2018. Nicole Seisler, curator/director, started the space as a site for expanded ceramics, and was instrumental in encouraging this project and providing the title for the exhibition.

Many thanks to all the collaborators and lenders to the exhibition: Andrea and John Gill, Arthur Gonzalez, John Hosford, Susan Kowalczyk, Philip Linhares, Nathan Lynch, Kaitlin McClure, Del Miller, Rosa Novak + Mutual Stores, Nancy Selvin, Linda Sormin, Michael Swaine, Luke Turner, Adam Welch, the Oakland Museum of California, and the Ceramics Community at California College of the Arts. Kari Marboe: Duplicating Daniel is supported through the generosity of the Agnes Cowles Bourne Fund for Special Exhibitions.