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Last modified: Wednesday, October 21, 2009

IU art professor's work on display at the Smithsonian through January

Oct. 21, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The work of ceramic artist Christyl Boger, an assistant professor of ceramics in Indiana University's School of Fine Arts, is on display through Jan. 3, 2010, at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.

"Sea Toy"

"Sea Toy," Chris Boger

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"Staged Stories: Renwick Craft Invitational 2009" also includes the work of fiber artist Mark Newport, glass artist Mary Van Cline and ceramic artist SunKoo Yuh.

The exhibition explores how the artists use elements of theater in the conceptualization and presentation of their work.

"Staged Stories" is the fourth in a biennial exhibition series, established in 2000, that honors the creativity and talent of contemporary craft artists, and includes 58 pieces, some of which can be viewed on the museum's Web site,

Boger's work for the exhibition includes idealized, nude ceramic figurines that incorporate contemporary touches (such as inflatable pool toys). The figures exude vulnerability, combining classic Greek sculpture, 18-century Meissen palace porcelains and contemporary kitsch as they seemingly try to hide from the viewer.

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