In the Vanguard: Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, 1950-1969 at the Portland Museum of Art (PMA) is a groundbreaking exhibit that opens this month. The exhibit will chronicle how an experimental school in rural Maine transformed art, craft, and design in the 20th century and helped define the aesthetics of the nation’s counterculture. Founded in 1950, the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts played a central role in the development of American art and craft. The artists of the school’s early years—including Anni Albers, Jack Lenor Larsen, Dale Chihuly, Robert Ebendorf, M.C. Richards, and Toshiko Takaezu—worked together to create a close-knit community of craftspeople whose work broke new ground across a wide range of media. In the Vanguard is the first major museum exhibition focused solely on this school, and its insights will revise the narrative of midcentury art and craft in America. The exhibition will run from May 24, 2019, to September 8, 2019. Visit PMA for more information.