Roberto Lugo: A Village Potter

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On Sale Sep 1 at 10:00 AM

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Smithsonian American Art Museum

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In the first Clarice Smith Distinguished Lecture of 2022, Lugo details his studio practice and intersections of experiences in his work.

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Roberto Lugo details his studio practice and the intersections of identity, representation, empowerment, and storytelling in his work, now on display at SAAM’s Renwick Gallery in the exhibition This Present Moment: Crafting a Better World. These themes are evident in his work, from Sévres porcelain-inspired vessels depicting Frederick Douglass to life-size urns decorated with likenesses of Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur. Lugo adorns classical pottery forms with portraiture and surface design that incorporate his North Philadelphia roots and hip-hop culture. His hand-painted works reimagine traditional European and Asian ceramics, highlighting themes of poverty, inequality, and racial injustice.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum established the Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art in 2004 to present new insights in American art from the perspectives of outstanding artists, critics, and scholars. This annual series takes place each fall, and is made possible by the generosity of Clarice Smith (1933-2021).

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