Anna Katz is Curator at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), where her recent and upcoming exhibitions include "Judith F. Baca: The World Wall" (2022); "Garrett Bradley: American Rhapsody" (2022), organized by the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; "Pipilotti Rist: Big Heartedness, Be My Neighbor" (2021); and "With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985" (2019), which traveled to the CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, in 2021. From 2015 to 2017 Katz was the Wendy Stark Curatorial Fellow at MOCA. Previously a Joan Tisch Teaching Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art from 2008 to 2013, she holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Art & Archaeology at Princeton University.
Artists at Work: Julia Haft-Candell by Anna Katz
For nearly a decade, Julia Haft-Candell’s ceramic sculptures have been drawn from a consistent vocabulary of forms: knots, combs, interlocking hands, braids, and infinity symbols, among others. In 2017, she created a glossary, which she refers to as “the infinite,” that articulates definitions and contexts for these forms, ranging from personal association to social significance, especially as pertains to gender and the history of craft, and philosophical, even utopian, potential. Anna Katz sat down with Haft-Candell in her Glassell Park studio to discuss the ways in which she approaches ceramics as a container for ideas; the sometimes vexing trend towards “lumpiness”; and the place of art history in the infinite school, an alternative to institutional ceramics instruction that she founded in 2014.