December Fiber Art Picks!

Aqeel Malcolm, Deconstructing the Barber Cape, Photo courtesy of Aqeel Malcolm


“Fibers and Figures”

Sotheby’s Institute of Art (570 Lexington Ave)

Featured artists are Liz Collins, Sarah Finkle, Aqeel Malcolm, and Lily Moebes

Opening reception: December 6th, 2017, 6-8pm.

Tickets are free and RSVP is required. Please send RSVP to

In this group exhibition, four artists show work that is created either in solitude or in an interactive setting. Individuality of the artist is placed in relation to communal work performed in a social setting, and with this dichotomy, each artist’s identity is at once defined and obscured.

Featured in this show is TAC’s own Artist in Residence, Lily Moebes (AIR Cycle 9), whose work concerns the “politics of details, especially as they occur in the body, the family, and the public sphere.” Alongside Moebes, the work of Sarah Finkle, (AIR Cycle 8), provides an interesting contrast with exaggerated, oversized sweaters, headpieces, and full body shelters, exploring themes of comfort and protection. The exhibition is rounded out with work by Aqeel Malcolm, who investigates very personal topics including masculinity and intersections in his identity, and Liz Collins, who is known for her experiential, complex works of vibrating color and texture.

Marilyn Henrion, Patchwork City 67, mixed media linen collage on canvas. Photo courtesy of Marilyn Henrion.

“Patchwork City”

Marilyn Henrion


Noho M55 Gallery

Through December 16, 2017


In Henrion’s collage series “Patchwork City” (2015-2017), motifs, patterns, and angles of city life are pigment-printed on linen strips. Columns, windows, and other exterior building details repeat and create a cacophony of lines and color. The artist’s own digital photographs were used in this series, detailing a personal relationship to place that captures the chaotic, rhythmic energy of city living.


Photo courtesy of Noho M55 Gallery.



Textile Study Group of New York


Noho M55 Gallery

December 19-January 6, 2018


The textile art nonprofit, Textile Study Group of New York (TSGNY), presents a group show of its members work at Noho M55 Gallery this winter. TSGNY aims to promote fiber and textile art through professional activities.


Waste Basket Boutique by Mars of Asheville, dresses, circa 1966. Photo courtesy of FIT.


“Expedition: Fashion from the Extreme”


Fashion Institute of Technology – Special Exhibitions Gallery

Through January 6, 2018


Expeditions into the depths of the sea, the arctic, and outer space provide jumping off points for FIT’s most recent exhibition. In the 1700’s, a fascination with the unknown, natural world took off, but it wasn’t until the 1960’s that fashion designers began to pick up on this interest and use it as a source of inspiration for their work. The space age was of great influence, as Soviet satellite Sputnik was launched in 1957 and Apollo 16’s landing on the moon in 1972. Another source of excitement was the use of goose and duck down in both high-fashion and outdoor clothing companies beyond the mountaineers of the 1950’s (Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first human beings on record to summit Mt. Everest in 1953). The depths of the sea is another topic picked up by FIT for this show, as after World War II, divers began to appropriate scuba and wetsuit technology, and the fashion world followed suit, intrigued by the sleek look of neoprene.

This excitement for space, sea, and the arctic sets the stage for influential work by Jean Paul Gaultier, Isaac Mizrahi, Yohji Yamamoto, and many others exhibited and contextualized in “Expedition: Fashion from the Extreme.”

Misha Kahn, Midden Heap, Installation View. Photo courtesy of Friedman Benda Gallery.


“Midden Heap”

Misha Kahn


Friedman Benda Gallery

Through December 16, 2017


In this new installation by Kahn, processes of weaving, metal cladding, glass blowing, and bronze casting assembles found materials (mostly trash found by the artist on a beach in the Rockaways) with luxurious ones. With no hierarchy or prioritization of materials, a kind of sea-like, futuristic environment becomes an alternate reality.

Top: Grace Hartigan, Petite, 1963. Bottom: Victorian Crazy Quilt Fragment, dated 1886. Photos courtesy of Sara Kay Gallery.

“Function to Freedom: Quilts and Abstract Expressions”

Sara Kay Gallery

Through January 13, 2018

In this show at Sara Kay Gallery, twenty handwoven quilts are placed opposite abstract expressionist and contemporary work by Helen Frankenthaler, Grace Hartigan, Elaine de Kooning, Lee Krasner, Yayoi Kusama, and Louise Nevelson. Drawing contrasts and comparisons in the composition, color, expression, intent, and purpose between quilts dating to the 19th century and more modern work of the aforementioned artists, women are truly celebrated. Bringing the exhibition firmly into the present is the inclusion of a recent work by textile artist Victoria Manganiello, one of TAC’s very own Artist in Residence alumna (Cycle 7). Manganiello’s sculptural installation of cotton, linen, natural and synthetic dyes, and aluminum broadens the already rich dialogue surrounding art and craft in this show.

Archives Louis Vuitton Malletier; Gleb Derujinsky from the Derujinsky Archives; Hulton Archive/Getty Images. Photo courtesy of Harper’s Bazzar.


“Voguez, Volez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton”


86 Trinity Place, NYC (Former American Stock Exchange)

Through January 7, 2018


Pieces from the infamous fashion house, dating from 1854 to 2017, were sourced by historian Oliver Saillard for this special touring exhibition. Complete with scenography by Robert Carsen, this show displays archival items that trace the history of the house, as well as pieces from illustrious owners such as Ernest Hemingway and Lauren Bacall. The influence of Louis Vuitton on the world of materials, textiles and fashion included, is undeniable.

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