March Fiber Art Picks!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Through March 25, 2018
Closing Reception: March 22
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.
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.
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.”
Pratt Manhattan Gallery
Through April 28
Opening reception: March 1, 6-8PM
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.