A current exhibition in Craft Alliance’s Staenberg Gallery explores the often amusingly fine line between history and hogwash.
“Treasure and Tarnish: Heinrich Schliemann & the Age of Heroes” reflects a tandem effort from artists Abigail Lowe and Malaika Tolford. The free (but timed) exhibition runs till May 22.
Lowe, a St. Louis native who previously served as a Craft Alliance Artist-in-Residence in 2018 and the marketing associate for the nearby Third Degree Glass Factory till the COVID-19 pandemic hit, now teaches art locally.
Tolford, who has been working in clay for 15 years, teaches handbuilding and wheel throwing, as well as surface design, at Craft Alliance; she also sells both functional and decorative ceramics as Place Value Pottery.
The exhibition’s title references the 19th-century German American wheeler-dealer, amateur archaeologist and, frankly, con artist.