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Jenni Sorkin is assistant professor in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of California, Santa Barbara.


"Delving into seminal events and underappreciated practitioners, Sorkin's groundbreaking research illuminates the significant role that women and the rise of creative communities occupied in the development and transformation of American ceramics during the modern era. Engaging and authoritative, Live Form is an indispensable history that should be required reading for those seriously interested in the history of craft."--Cindi Strauss, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
"In Live Form, Sorkin does so much, transforming our view of contemporary art's experiential turn by viewing its history through the perspective of its 'others'--women, ceramists, rural communities. But perhaps most important is her account of pedagogy, which emphasizes process over product and which proposes a provocative model for rethinking the value of art."--David Joselit, CUNY Graduate Center
"Live Form fills a void in the current scholarship on postwar art. Looking closely at the development of pottery, Sorkin is able to redress the dominant narratives that privilege both painting as the dominant medium and men as its primary practitioners. Instead, she offers us the essential roles played by crafts and women in creating the interdisciplinary and performance-based fabric of our current moment."--Helen Molesworth, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
"To be sure, Live Form methodically and effectively remaps the history of postwar American art."--The Art Bulletin
"Sorkin's book is a corrective not only to the history of modern craft, which is still in the early days of its scholarly construction, but to our understanding of feminist methodology and postwar art in general. . . a detailed and ultimately very moving account. . . Sorkin shows us that art history's intrinsic unfairness places hermeneutic demands on us as a profession, ones few have even bothered to consider. Again and again as I read Live Form, I asked myself what (and whom) I might have missed in my own writings, and what I might be able to do differently in the future. I also found renewed belief in the importance of craft-based narratives."--Art Journal
"Anyone interested in the history of contemporary craft will benefit immensely from reading Live Form."--ARLIS/NA Reviews
"Live Form is an important recovery project that makes exciting connections between the early twentieth-century legacy of the Arts and Crafts Movement and the avant-garde practices of the 1960s and 1970s. . .Sorkin offers a fully fleshed-out exploration of the integral role that women ceramicists played in developing the art of the last century. Her masterful work suggests how many more unrecovered stories of modernism have yet to be told."--CAA Reviews
"Connective, persuasive and inspiring, this remarkable study maps new ways of looking and understanding post-war art, with craft and community as salve to war, gender inequality and the unmoored nature of
modernity itself."--The Burlington

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