A Salad of Servers: Innovative Flatware from the 20th and 21st Centuries

January 18 - June 29, 2019

This exhibition will showcase the remarkable diversity of design and materials in the production of modern flatware. The servers on display will demonstrate the creativity of designers in turning functional tools into works of art. Many of the pieces are inspired by nature and others have a sculptural quality to them; their materials are diverse including stainless steel, wood, porcelain, bronze, and more!

The opening of A Salad of Servers will coincide with the release of a new book on the subject of modern flatware, Flatware That’s Not “Flat”: Design and Production of Innovative Table Cutlery, 1890-2015, authored by William P. Hood, Jr. and Phil Dreis, which explores the ways in which flatware and table cutlery designs, materials, and makers have changed over the past 125 years. It is the first publication to examine the subject in broad scope and depth.

The objects on display in this exhibition are from the collections of William P. Hood (Dothan, AL) and Phil Dreis (Big Bend, WI).

Featured Above: Michael Aram (b. 1963 as Michael Aram Wolohojian), Dandelions, 2007, Stainless steel with and without gold plating, oxidized bronze

Youth Art Education Policy

Outside of tours, family days, and open house events, individuals who are not enrolled in a class are not allowed in WMA classrooms except by written permission of the Executive Director. Parents may not join children in the classroom during instruction times in order to ensure an atmosphere conductive to creativity. It is important to limit the number of adults to keep the focus on the kids, their learning, and to accommodate limited seating in the studio. Parents are welcome to stay in the museum during class but must remain outside of the classroom during instruction time.

Museum educators are experienced in creating positive learning environments for all ages and are required to go through a background check to ensure the safety of our students. Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit the studio at the end of class to see what their child has created. All docents and volunteers working with children are also required to go through background checks.

Thank you for understanding our policy and priority on the safety and well-being of participating students.

Throughout the year, WMA will host “Meet the Educator” days where parents and their children can come to the classroom to meet the instructor before beginning classes and camps. 2019’s schedule is as follows: January 30 from 4pm-6pm, May 29 from 4pm-6pm, and August 28 from 4pm-6pm.