Alan C. Elder
Curator, Canadian Crafts and Design
Mr. Elder’s research focuses on Canadian craft and design activities from the early 20th century to the present. He has a particular interest in the period immediately after the Second World War.
Since joining the Museum’s staff in 2002, Mr. Elder has worked on several exhibitions, including Japan: Tradition. Innovation, Cool ’60s Design, Unique: 30 Years of Outstanding Crafts, and Harvesting Clay: The Beauce Pottery in the 1940s. He has also edited two books co-published by the Museum: Made in Canada: Craft and Design in the Sixties (in conjunction with the Design Exchange and McGill-Queen’s University Press) and Crafting New Traditions. Canadian Innovators and Influences (with Harbourfront Centre).
Mr. Elder’s career at the Museum was preceded by 15 years of work experience in various arts organizations and galleries, followed by studies leading to two university degrees. Mr. Elder graduated from the University of Victoria with a BA in History in Art and the Arts in Canada, and received an MA from the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, at the University of British Columbia.
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