"Maria Elena Buszek's volume critically unravels assumptions about craft and pieces together new theories about contemporary handmaking that are at once vibrant, textured, and necessarily scrappy." Julia Bryan-Wilson, University of California, Irvine "Maria Elena Buszek has compiled an anthology that matches the dynamism of a field in flux. As a museum curator responsible for developing exhibitions which examine contemporary craft, I actively seek tools that provide context for craft from within, across and outside of this arena's historic borders. The essays compiled here provide access to diverse voices and approaches, filling a current void in scholarship that engages craft from a range of perspectives and places in a shifting culturescape. Buszek's anthology moves across discursive platforms to share fresh ways of thinking about craft in relationship to gender, domesticity, feminism, activism, and science. Here, ordinary craft is the focus of productive criticality rather than denied, broadening the frameworks for how we connect craft to meaning today." Namita Gupta Wiggers, Museum of Contemporary Craft "Extra/Ordinary is not only the best anthology of recent writing on craft out there, it also delivers several assessments of the Do-It-Yourself movement, which is sorely in need of critical interpretation."oGlenn Adamson, Victoria and Albert Museum
About the Author
Maria Elena Buszek is a critic, curator, and Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Colorado, Denver. She is the author of the book "Pin-Up Grrrls: Feminism, Sexuality, Popular Culture," also published by Duke University Press. She has written for magazines and journals including "BUST," "Art in America," "Photography Quarterly," and "TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies."