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This series introduces you to who the Smithsonian American Art Museum considers the 40 best art and craftspeople under the age of 40. You'll see the traditional and the not so traditional forms of art. One of the highlights features an artist,Melanie Bilenker, who created a portrait out of human hair. You will see 3D art, sculptures made from pennies, and more. This series was created to celebrate the Smithsonian's 40th anniversary of its Renwick Gallery. A major endeavor was from an artist who calls herself Olek. Instead of wallpaper, she put crocheted art on the wall, including holes for the windows.

Smithsonian Channel
1 Season, 1 Episode
January 15, 2013
Documentary & Biography
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  • Some of them move. Others make noise. One weighs in at 700 pounds. Collectively, they represent the future of contemporary craft. Go behind the scenes of the 40 Under 40 - Craft Futures exhibition, featuring traditional and non-traditional works of decorative art created by the top 40 American craft artists under the age of 40. Observe this wildly creative and diverse collection, assembled for the 40th anniversary of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery, and witness the challenges and rewards of bringing together 40 unique artists at the top of their craft.

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