August Fiber Art Picks!

Wall Power!
Artist Unidentified
Spider Web Quilt, 1920’s
Cotton
73 x 65 inches
Photo by Gavin Ashworth
Courtesy of the Museum

Wall Power! Quilts from the Karen and Werner Gundersheimer Gift
Curated by Stacy C. Hollander
August 6 – September 1, 2019

American Folk Art Museum

Wall Power! features a series of quilts that have recently been gifted to the American Folk Art Museum by Karen and Werner Gundersheimer. The exhibition includes pieces that highlight the quilter’s skillful ability to push the boundaries of the medium. The quilts were collected by the Gundersheimers over multiple decades from various regions of the United States, including eastern Pennsylvania, the Midwest and the South. The quilts included in the gift extend the representation of Amish and Mennonite quilts in the American Folk Art Museum’s collection.

ABodyofWork
Exhibition view
Courtesy of the Gallery

A Body of Work
Curated by Shehab Awad
July 10 – August 16, 2019

Jane Lombard Gallery

A Body of Work is a group exhibition featuring drawing, collage and sculpture by Julia Brandão, Max Colby, Margaux Crump, Anneli Goeller, Juan Neira, and Ryan Wilde. The exhibition highlights a unique and varied collection of textile and fiber artworks. Throughout the selection of works in A Body of Work, the artists explore different forms of textile manipulation, transformation and reconstruction. The individual pieces explore themes of memory, domesticity, identity and temporality through various references to the body.

laviedrole
Artist Unidentified
Untitled (Marassa)
Silk, sequins, beads
31.5 x 33 inches
Courtesy of the Gallery

La Vie Drôle
July 2 – September 7, 2019

Planthouse

La Vie Drôle features a collection of exquisitely beaded and sequined flags in the Hatain artistic and cultural tradition of Drapo Vodou or “Voodoo Flags”. This artistic tradition was central to Vodou, which was formed as a result of the blending of traditional African religions and Catholicism in Haiti. Typically, each flag is devoted to a spirit, or “loa”. The collection of Drapo Vodou featured in this collection, made by a series of different artists, were collected by Peter Watrous in Haiti.

PhenomenalNature
Mrinalini Mukherjee
Vriksh Nata (Arboreal Enactment), 1991 – 92
Fiber (hemp)
Left: 66 1/8 x 35 3/8 x 26 3/4 inches
Center: 87 3/8 x 53 1/8 x 19 5/8 inches
Right: 93 1/4 x 46 x 27 1/8 inches
Courtesy of the Museum

Phenomenal Nature: Mrinalini Mukherjee
Organized by Shanay Jhaveri
June 4 – September 29, 2019

The Met Breuer

Phenomenal Nature is a retrospective on the works of the late sculptor, Mrinalini Mukherjee. Featuring Mukherjee’s works in fiber, ceramic and bronze, the exhibition celebrates the breadth of her body of work. Mukherjee’s knotted fiber sculptures appear organic, mysterious and sensual, drawing inspiration from nature and Indian tradition. Throughout this exhibition, Mukherjee’s works blur the lines between art and craft, while involving both figuration and abstraction.

 

Compliment this month’s shows with these reads:

QuiltingforPeaceQuilting for Peace : Make the World a Better Place One Stitch at a Time (2009)
By Katherine Bell

Quilting for Peace features a series of essays about individuals and groups using quilting to assist those in need. It explores the various ways in which quilters are using their craft to change the world. The book also includes a series of quilting projects for quilters that are interested in contributing to a cause with their craft.

SequinArtistsofHaiti

Sequin Artists of Haiti (1994)
By Tina Girouard

The author of Sequin Artists of Haiti, Tina Girouard, is a contemporary artist who has worked closely with Hatian Drapo Vodou artists, and has created Vodou flags herself. This book catalogues an exhibition of Hatian bead and sequin art held at the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans, highlighting a unique collection of Hatian Vodou flags.

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