Material Intelligence

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Welcome to Material Intelligence a digital magazine that celebrates the human capacity to understand and shape the physical world around us. Each issue takes a deep dive into one commonplace material with contributors who come from every discipline and walk of life. Together, the stories they tell illuminate vital, at times unexpected connections: between art and science, history and contemporary life, the tangible and the intangible. Material Intelligence is published by the Chipstone Foundation.


Glenn Adamson, Lead Editor of Material Intelligence, is a curator, writer and historian based in New York. He has previously been Director of the Museum of Arts and Design; Head of Research at the V&A; and Curator at the Chipstone Foundation. His most recent book, Craft: An American History, was published by Bloomsbury in 2021. 

Carolyn Herrera-Perez is a writer, a maker, and Contributing Editor of Material Intelligence. Her research focuses on crafts, designs, and materials of the Americas as she pursues her MA in History of Design and Curatorial Studies at Parsons and Cooper Hewitt. She has worked with various art non-profits, most recently Curatorial Fellow at Cooper Hewitt and Guest Curator of Peters Valley: Present at Peters Valley School of Craft. 

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The Chipstone Foundation is a Milwaukee-based foundation devoted to promoting the study of American material culture and the decorative arts through its collections, innovative curatorial and research practices as well as community outreach.

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