On Monday Dan & I toured close to 100 Portland Art Museum docents through the factory as part of their instruction in preparation for the Klaus Moje exhibition soon to open at the Museum.
Why are dozens of well-dressed women hanging out in a parking lot in Southeast Portland?
After seeing glass batched, melted and formed, listening to a presentation on Moje, history and process, and finally seeing the operations of the fabrication studios, they left – wiser, we hope, and perhaps more curious about an art-making material that had been pretty foreign to most of them only a few hours earlier.
I’m always fascinated by the observations of first-time visitors to the factory. I liked these two especially:
“You sure have a lot of attractive young men working here.”
(Thank you, HR)
“Wow, it’s amazing to see a place where people actually MAKE something. I didn’t think we did that in this country anymore.”
(Come to think of it, it is a little un-American)