News / Arts & Entertainment

    Museum Hits Milestone With '40 Under 40'

    "China Tree" made of Chinese porcelain soy sauce pots by artist Joey Foster Ellis. ( VOA/C.Premoshis)
    "China Tree" made of Chinese porcelain soy sauce pots by artist Joey Foster Ellis. ( VOA/C.Premoshis)
    The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C. is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a display by 40 artists under the age of 40.

    The show includes works in many media, from glass and ceramics to non-traditional materials such as yarn and light bulbs.

    Matt Moulthrop, a third generation artist, works with wood.

    "Wood is a material that has a very natural element to it, and it's a revelation process because there's beauty hidden within that," he said.

    His father, Philip Moulthrop, is a famous woodturner, meaning he turns wood on a lathe. His grandfather Edward is also famous.  

    Matt's intense immersion in that environment inspired him to follow in their footsteps.

    “This was something that I never thought I could make a living at it, and they encouraged me to try and I took a leap and I’ve been very fortunate,” Moulthrop said. "Hopefully, I'm measuring and building up to a lot of what was taught to me."

    Artist Matt Moulthrop in his Georgia studio. (Photo by Laura Noel)Artist Matt Moulthrop in his Georgia studio. (Photo by Laura Noel)
    x
    Artist Matt Moulthrop in his Georgia studio. (Photo by Laura Noel)
    Artist Matt Moulthrop in his Georgia studio. (Photo by Laura Noel)
    Clearly he has, given that one of Moulthrop's pieces, a vessel made of red maple, which is abundant in his home state of Georgia, is now in the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery show.

    "The object of the piece was to turn the ordinary into something that is extraordinary," he said.

    Nicholas Bell, who curated the exhibit to celebrate the Renwick's 40th anniversary, wanted to look to the future instead of the past.

    “The number one criteria, besides age, was that things be good," he said. "You look for those things that pop out at you, that really grab you, and that give you a gut reaction.”

    Moulthrop's piece was one of them. He's following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, who've also shown at the Renwick.

    “When I was looking at what was happening in wood art, I first went to Matt Moulthrop, because he is just as good as his father and his grandfather," Bell said. "But he’s doing things a little bit differently. He’s approaching the wood in a little bit of a different way, he’s finishing it differently, and his work is distinct from that of his father and grandfather.”

    In addition to Moulthrop's piece, Bell chose other pieces which are diverse, thought-provoking and give the exhibit an intimate and interactive feel.

    “We have everything from...an 18-foot-tall [5.4 meters] paper installation, to a tree made from Chinese porcelain soy sauce pots, to an entire shack made out of barn wood, to a room that you can go in and be enlightened literally by a wonderful light installation," Bell said. "We tried to do everything here.”

    There's also a room where furniture and real, moving human figures are covered in crocheted acrylic yarn.

    “What I want people to take away from this, is that craft is an incredibly broad field with a lot of energy," Bell said, "and that all sorts of different things are happening. It’s not just going to the museum and seeing something on a pedestal.”

    Malthrop feels honored to be included in the display.

    “I’m very excited about this induction and being part of this group and this exhibit,” he said.

    He hopes his children will follow in his footsteps to become the fourth generation of Moulthrop woodturners.

    You May Like

    Hope Remains for Rio Olympic Games, Despite Woes

    Facing a host of problems, Rio prepares for holding the games but experts say some risks, like Zika, may not be as grave as initially thought

    IS Use of Social Media to Recruit, Radicalize Still a Top Threat to US

    Despite military gains against IS in Iraq and Syria, their internet propaganda still commands an audience; US officials see 'the most complex challenge that the federal government and industry face'

    ‘Time Is Now’ to Save Africa’s Animals From Poachers, Activist Says

    During Zimbabwe visit, African Wildlife Foundation President Kaddu Sebunya says poaching hurts Africa as slave trade once did

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Ivorian Chocolate Makers Promote Locally-made Chocolatei
    X
    July 29, 2016 4:02 PM
    Ivory Coast is the world's top producer of cocoa but hardly any of it is processed into chocolate there. Instead, the cocoa is sent abroad to chocolate makers in Europe and elsewhere. This is a general problem throughout Africa – massive exports of raw materials but few finished goods. As Emilie Iob reports from Abidjan, several Ivorian entrepreneurs are working to change that formula - 100 percent Ivorian chocolate bar at a time.
    Video

    Video Ivorian Chocolate Makers Promote Locally-made Chocolate

    Ivory Coast is the world's top producer of cocoa but hardly any of it is processed into chocolate there. Instead, the cocoa is sent abroad to chocolate makers in Europe and elsewhere. This is a general problem throughout Africa – massive exports of raw materials but few finished goods. As Emilie Iob reports from Abidjan, several Ivorian entrepreneurs are working to change that formula - 100 percent Ivorian chocolate bar at a time.
    Video

    Video Tesla Opens Battery-Producing Gigafactory

    Two years after starting to produce electric cars, U.S. car maker Tesla Motors has opened the first part of its huge battery manufacturing plant, which will eventually cover more than a square kilometer. Situated close to Reno, Nevada, the so-called Gigafactory will eventually produce more lithium-ion batteries than were made worldwide in 2013. VOA's George Putic reports.
    Video

    Video Polio-affected Afghan Student Fulfilling Her Dreams in America

    Afghanistan is one of only two countries in the world where children still get infected by polio. The other is Pakistan. Mahbooba Akhtarzada who is from Afghanistan, was disabled by polio, but has managed to overcome the obstacles caused by this crippling disease. VOA's Zheela Nasari caught up with Akhtarzada and brings us this report narrated by Bronwyn Benito.
    Video

    Video Hillary Clinton Promises to Build a 'Better Tomorrow'

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton urged voters Thursday not to give in to the politics of fear. She vowed to unite the country and move it forward if elected in November. Clinton formally accepted the Democratic Party's nomination at its national convention in Philadelphia. VOA national correspondent Jim Malone has more.
    Video

    Video Trump Tones Down Praise for Russia

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is toning down his compliments for Russia and Vladimir Putin as such rhetoric got him in trouble recently. After calling on Russia to find 30.000 missing emails from rival Hillary Clinton, Trump told reporters he doesn't know Putin and never called him a great leader, just one who's better than President Barack Obama. Putin has welcomed Trump's overtures, but, as Zlatica Hoke reports, ordinary Russians say they are not putting much faith in Trump.
    Video

    Video Uganda Unveils its First Solar-powered Bus

    A solar-powered bus described by its Ugandan makers as the first in Africa has made its public debut. Kiira Motors' electric bus, Kayoola, displayed recently at a stadium in Uganda's capital. From Kampala, Maurice Magorane filed this report narrated by Salem Solomon.
    Video

    Video Silicon Valley: More Than A Place, It's a Culture

    Silicon Valley is a technology powerhouse and a place that companies such as Google, Facebook and Apple call home. It is a region in northern California that stretches from San Francisco to San Jose. But, more than that, it's known for its startup culture. VOA's Elizabeth Lee went inside one company to find out what it's like to work in a startup.
    Video

    Video Immigrant Delegate Marvels at Democratic Process

    It’s been a bitter and divisive election season – but first time Indian-American delegate Dr. Shashi Gupta headed to the Democratic National Convention with a sense of hope. VOA’s Katherine Gypson followed this immigrant with the love of U.S. politics all the way to Philadelphia.
    Video

    Video Dutch Entrepreneurs Turn Rainwater Into Beer

    June has been recorded as one of the wettest months in more than a century in many parts of Europe. To a group of entrepreneurs in Amsterdam the rain came as a blessing, as they used the extra water to brew beer. Serginho Roosblad has more to the story.
    Video

    Video Commerce Thrives on US-Mexico Border

    At the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia this week, the party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, is expected to attack proposals made by her opponent, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Last Friday, President Barack Obama hosted his Mexican counterpart, President Enrique Peña Nieto, to underscore the good relations between the two countries. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Tucson.
    Video

    Video Film Helps Save Ethiopian Children Thought to be Cursed

    'Omo Child' looks at effort of African man to stop killings of ‘mingi’ children
    Video

    Video London’s Financial Crown at Risk as Rivals Eye Brexit Opportunities

    By most measures, London rivals New York as the only true global financial center. But Britain’s vote to leave the European Union – so-called ‘Brexit’ – means the city could lose its right to sell services tariff-free across the bloc, risking its position as Europe’s financial headquarters. Already some banks have said they may shift operations to the mainland. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora

    New in Music Alley

    Take It From The Top: Stanley Jordani
    || 0:00:00
    ...  
     
    X
    May 17, 2016 5:01 PM
    Jazz fusion artist, Stanley Jordan is known for his touch technique which allows him to play melodies and chords simultaneously. He can also play two different guitars or a guitar and piano at the same time.

    Jazz fusion artist, Stanley Jordan is known for his touch technique which allows him to play melodies and chords simultaneously.  He can also play two different guitars or a guitar and piano at the same time.

     

     

     

     

    Blogs