|“Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community”
Exhibition dates: January 17 to March 16, 2014
LEADERS IN DESIGN, CRAFT, AND ART TO LEAD EVENTS EXPLORING QUEER THREADS CRAFT EXHIBITION
“Queer Threads: Crafting Identity & Community, ” curated by John Chaich, presents twenty-four artists from around the world who mix fine art traditions with thread-based craft materials and processes—from crochet, embroidery, knitting, and lace to macramé, needlepoint, quilting, and sewing—to remix contemporary gay & lesbian culture. “Queer Threads” will fully activate the Museum’s gallery through felt paintings, yarn drawings, embroidered portraits, knit sculpture, quilted tapestries, and crocheted installations, as well as video.
From Nathan Vincent’s life-sized crocheted men’s locker room, to Liz Collin’s oversized knit pride flag based on Gilbert Baker’s 1978 original design, works range from intimate to expansive in scale. From Allyson Mitchell’s found afghans emblazoned with phrases such as “Pride is a Pyramid Scheme,” to James Gobel’s use of felt, acrylic, and yarn to create a portrait of fashion design team Costello Tagliapietra, many of Queer Threads’ artists mix craft technique or materials with traditional mediums, while others fully employ craft processes.
The new visions and voices in Queer Threads, uniquely expressed through craft traditions, expand on Leslie-Lohman’s commitment to examining the diversity of the LGBTQ experience through art,” says Hunter O’Hanian, Executive Director. In doing so, curator John Chaich notes, “Using craft to celebrate and critique identity and community is very queer in all senses of the word—unusual, political, and personal.”
Image: Nathan Vincent, “Locker Room” (installation view), 2011, Lion Brand Yarn, 144 x 228 in. Courtesy of the artist. Photo credit: Stephen Miller. (Left)
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