Review of ‘Uncontained’ by Tris McCall on NJArts

July 7, 2024

Baskets are humble. They are lo-fi, receptive, unobtrusive and helpful. We associate them with fruit, bicycles, modest purchases at the market. There is hardly an object in “Uncontained: Reimagining Basketry,” now on view on the second floor of The Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, that you would take to the fair and fill with wildflowers; these designs are too ambitious for that. But adoration and deep respect for an ancient art run straight through this show — even though many of its participants use modern artistic methods to turn the basket inside out.