March Fiber Art Picks!

“Fabricating Power in Twentieth-Century Balinese Textiles” and “The Codex and Crafts in Late Antiquity”

Bard Graduate Center

Through July 8, 2018

Curated by post-doctoral fellows, faculty, and graduate students, “Fabricating Power in Twentieth-Century Balinese Textiles” and “The Codex and Crafts in Late Antiquity” are part of Bard Graduate Center’s Focus Projects.

In “Fabricating Power in Twentieth-Century Balinese Textiles,” textiles, ceremonial objects, and cultural artifacts are exhibited alongside a contemporary analysis of the materials. Questions like why are the Balinese textiles powerful, what did it mean to create textiles in 1930’s Bali, and who collected and conserved the materials over the years are considered by the curators. Likewise, “The Codex and Crafts in Late Antiquity” analyzes techniques adopted by craftspeople alongside the “handmade replicas” of the ordinary items. In both the exhibitions, viewers are encouraged to interact with textile making traditions. In collaboration with Textile Arts Center, the act of making cloth is emphasized through pop-up studio, maker space and textile workshops.

“Figure depicting weaving on a loom (tuntun), collected by Margaret Mead in Bali, in 1938.” Courtesy of American Museum of Natural History.

“Figure depicting weaving on a loom (tuntun), collected by Margaret Mead in Bali, in 1938.” Courtesy of American Museum of Natural History.

Pop-up Studio and TAC Maker Space

Bard Graduate Center

Through April 1, 2018

Textile Arts Center has partnered with the Bard Graduate Center to set a pop-up studio and maker space in the BGC Gallery space, as part of the public programming for the“Fabricating Power with Balinese Textiles” and “The Codex and Craft in Late Antiquity” exhibitions.

“TAC Maker Space featuring TAC’s AIR resident Chi Nguyen’s work,” Photo courtesy of Isa Rodrigues, 2018.

“TAC Maker Space featuring TAC’s AIR resident Chi Nguyen’s work,” Photo courtesy of Isa Rodrigues, 2018.

The TAC Maker Space provides an opportunity for the public to interact with textile processes and techniques, and will feature three artists in residence working in the space. The artist who is featured in March is Chi Nguyen, an interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Nguyen uses durational performance, fiber art, and writing to reflect on race, feminism, economic justice, immigrant rights, and reproductive justice. Free tapestry weaving workshops will be hosted by Nguyen during open community hours: Wednesdays, 6-8pm, Fridays, 12-3pm, and Saturday, 12-5pm.

“Downton Abbey: The Exhibition” 

Through April 2

218 West 57th Street

Event: Downton Abbey Soiree, March 23

Extended by popular demand, “Downton Abbey: The Exhibition” depicts the social and cultural history of post Edwardian England. Interiors and costumes in a “Victorian era building near Columbus Circle” take the visitors back to the memories of the six-seasoned show. Emmy-nominated costume designer Anna Robbins’ meticulous costumes recreate the narratives around protagonists like Lady Mary Crawley and Matthew Crawley.

“Arrested time: Fans of ‘Downton Abbey’ can wander into Mrs. Patmore’s kitchen, steaming pots and all, in ‘Downton Abbey: The Exhibit’ in Manhattan.” Photo courtesy of Alex Welsh for The New York Times, 2017.

“Arrested time: Fans of ‘Downton Abbey’ can wander into Mrs. Patmore’s kitchen, steaming pots and all, in ‘Downton Abbey: The Exhibit’ in Manhattan.” Photo courtesy of Alex Welsh for The New York Times, 2017.

“The Art of Tech”

AFA Gallery

Through March 25, 2018

Closing Reception: March 22

“Computer 101,” Julian Goldman & Victoria Manganiello at AFA Gallery, 2018.

“Computer 101,” Julian Goldman & Victoria Manganiello at AFA Gallery, 2018.

The art exhibition is a collaboration between artist, Taezoo Park, and artist duo, Victoria Manganiello (Textile Art Center’s Artist in Resident, Cycle 7) and Julian Goldman. Two of the prominent features of the show are Digital Being and Computer 101 by Park, and Manganiello and Julian Goldman respectively. The artists’ installations portray the dynamics of technology by tackling subjects like performance, environment, and history of weaving.

“Pockets to Purses: Fashion + Function”

March 6 to March 31, 2017

The Museum at FIT

Public Talk: Fashion in European Art: Dress and Identity, Politics and the Body, 1775-1925, Justine De Young in conversation with Valerie Steele, Wednesday, March 7 | 6 pm, Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, Fred P. Pomerantz Art and Design Center.

“Bodice, silk taffeta, circa 1878, France, Gift of Bernice Margulies.” Photo courtesy of The Museum at FIT, 2018.

“Bodice, silk taffeta, circa 1878, France, Gift of Bernice Margulies.” Photo courtesy of The Museum at FIT, 2018.

Curated by the Fashion and Textiles graduate students at FIT, “Pockets to Purses: Fashion + Function,” traces the historical narratives of pockets and purses from the 18th century to the contemporary. Apart from film clips, videos, and photographs, each accessory and clothing explores the reasoning behind utility and design. Take for instance, the blue taffeta bodice from circa 1878, which “features a small watch pocket on the left hip to reveal a fashionable approach to practical design.”

“Albers, Lustig Cohen, Tissi, 1958-2018”

Pratt Manhattan Gallery

Through April 28

Opening reception: March 1, 6-8PM

“Anni Albers in her weaving studio at Black Mountain College, 1937,” photo courtesy of Helen M. Post © The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, VEGAP, Bilbao, 2017.

“Anni Albers in her weaving studio at Black Mountain College, 1937,” photo courtesy of Helen M. Post © The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, VEGAP, Bilbao, 2017.

Anni Albers, Elaine Lustig Cohen, and Rosmarie Tissi have been some of the most influential artist-designers of the twentieth century. A culmination of their sixty years of selected art is being presented at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery. From typography, textiles, prints, paintings, posters, sculptures, trademarks to books, and graphic design, the exhibition explores the creative genius of modernist and post modernist design.

Curated by Phillip Niemeyer, the director and founder of Northern-Southern, a gallery for new expression in Austin, Texas, the exhibition is coming at a time when Anni Albers’ re-edition of the classic On Weaving (2017) reaches out to textile communities.

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  1. divya dawar, Noida, India

    Your artwork is phenomenal. Glad to see such amazing artist. How to get inspired to make such artworks?

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