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2013 Schedule of Exhibitions

Chador for Two Worlds
1984, Ina Kozel

January 29, 2014 - April 27, 2014
Metamorphosis: Clothing & Identity

January 29: Press Preview 1:30 pm
February 9: Member's Walkthrough 1-2pm and Opening Reception 2-4 pm

Metamorphosis: Clothing & Identity is a retrospective of the San Francisco Bay Area Art-to-Wear movement and traces the evolution of the rich history and legacy of this genre from its inception in the 1960s to the current group of second generation designers that are creating their own one-of-a-kind, handmade, artful garments. The exhibition will also present a “metamorphosis” of clothes that transcends functional attire and becomes sculptural manifestations of symbolic ideas that challenge our notion of clothing and identity.

Comprised of approximately 60 pieces, Metamorphosis will chart the development of the Bay Area Artwear movement starting from the original Levi’s “Denim Art Contest” of 1973 all the way through the works of contemporary designers. Included is an eclectic display of art-to-wear garments, as well as textiles, drawings, wall hangings, large-scale installations, and original ephemera from significant historical artwear exhibitions. Originally denoting handmade textiles from traditional processes, artwear has come to encompass a wide breadth of techniques, including shibori, felting, crochet and knitting, hand painting, clamp resist dyeing, pleating, quilting, and sewing. The exhibition showcases work by influential founders of the Artwear movement, each with their own recognized technique and aesthetic. These artists include: Jean Cacicedo, Marian Clayden, Kaffe Fassett, Ellen Hauptli, Ana Lisa Hedstrom, Ina Kozel, Janet Lipkin, K. Lee Manuel and Yvonne Porcella. Other artists included in the exhibit are: Isaac Amala & Liz Simpson, Michael Cepress, Angelina De Antonis, Ellen Hauptli, Laura Raboff, Carol Lee Shanks, Nancy Yodelman, and Wendeanne Ke`aka Stitt.

Selection of vintage pot holders c. 1940 - 1960
From the Collection of Kathy Murphy
Photo Credit: Carol Cypert

January 29, 2014 - April 27, 2014
Tasty, too!

Tasty, too! offers a whimsical exploration into the intersection of some of our most basic needs—food, warmth, community—showcasing food inspired quilts and textiles from a private collection, contemporary artists, and the community.

Tasty, too! highlights a few of the remarkable quilts from the 1999 exhibit and catalog Women of Taste, A Collaboration Celebrating Quilt Artists and Chefs (C&T Publishing). Included are Alice Beasley's Bette's Diner, Mary Mashuta's Mixed Greens, and Cherries 3 by Miriam Nathan-Roberts. One large wall is completely covered with over 80 vintage to new pot holders. Culled from a private collection these utilitarian objects each with a food related subject provide a glimpse into our collective delight on the subject of food, eating, and cooking.

A complementary exhibit is the small scale 16” x 16” food related quilts created by artists responding to the Tasty! theme and challenge. Donated to the museum these quilts are available for sale to raise money for the museum’s programs.

Camel Cover
Rabari (tribal group), Synthetic, machine stitched, 88” x 53”

March 10 - May 30, 2014
Indian Folk Textiles from the Collection of Carol Summers

As originally seen at the SJMQT the Mills Building presents Indian Folk Textiles from the Collection of Carol Summers running March 10 through May 30, 2014.

Mills Building
220 Montgomery St #1100
San Francisco, CA 94104
Open M-F 8am-6pm