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2013 Schedule of Exhibitions

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Her Hair Grows
2011, Margaret Scott

November 6 – January 19, 2014
Fiberart International

November 6: Press Preview 1:30PM
November 10: Members Walk-through 1-2 pm & Opening Reception 2-4 pm

The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is pleased to present the 21st triennial juried exhibition, Fiberart International 2013, the foremost exhibit for textile artists worldwide. This is the West Coast premiere of this prestigious exhibition. Sponsored by the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, this internationally renowned exhibition is considered the premier platform and benchmark for the latest movements and innovations in the ever-evolving field of fiber art. Pushing the boundaries of fiber art, the exhibit showcases works that are both conceptually groundbreaking and visually stunning. The show features 40 works from a diverse group of 37 national and international artists, both acclaimed and emerging, and explores a wide spectrum of textile practices.

Several recognized Bay Area artists are featured including Joan Schulze, Marie Bergstedt, and Stephanie Metz. Other highlights from the exhibit include the grand scaled flowing Triptych with 206,720 Beads installation by Samantha Fields, Naoe Okamoto’s felted and knitted piece, A Laughing House, the Best in Show award winner, and well known textile designer Margaret Scott’s Her Hair Grows, the International award winner. From delicately stitched figurative works to large conceptual pieces, this latest rendition of Fiberart International inspires, provokes, and pushes the possibilities of the fiber medium.

These exhibitions and related programs are supported in part by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation; Silicon Valley Creates, in partnership with the County of Santa Clara and California Arts Council; by a Cultural Affairs grant from the City of San Jose; and the Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association.

Chasm
Forever Plaid, 2009, 17” x 16” Industrial mesh, mixed media Layering and weaving

November 6 – January 19, 2014
Translucence: Cathy Breslaw

November 6: Press Preview 1:30PM
November 10: Members Walk-through 1-2 pm & Opening Reception 2-4 pm

Southern California artist Cathy Breslaw’s recent work uses a unique material— an industrial mesh sourced in Shanghai—that she layers, manipulates, and combines to create ethereal abstract hangings. In Translucence, a solo exhibit at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, wall hangings of various sizes are on exhibit, capturing the transitory nature of light and movement. Her themes play with the ideas of light and space, capturing things that can’t be seen, and the fragility of a moment in time. Breslaw’s stunning transformation of these materials and repurposing from their ordinariness to translucent, floating drawings in space is a symbolic visualization of the Buddha mind, of being in the present moment.

Dusk Garden
Dusk Garden
Sue Copeland Jones

November 6 – January 19, 2014
Art Cloth Network: Interpretations

November 6: Press Preview 1:30PM
November 10: Members Walk-through 1-2 pm & Opening Reception 2-4 pm

The premier exhibit for our exciting new exhibition program, FiberSpace is Interpretations, which features fourteen cloth panels created by members of the Art Cloth Network. The Art Cloth Network is a nationwide organization of professional artists who focus on the creation of Art Cloth - cloth transformed by adding or subtracting color, line, shape, texture, value or fiber to create beautiful, evocative, and seductive pieces of art. Theses artists believe that cloth in and of itself is beautiful, can invite contemplation, and engage and compel viewers via process, story and tactile appeal.

Philadelphia Pavement
Philadelphia Pavement, c. 1900

November 6 – January 19, 2014
Quilt Detective: Fake, Fraud or Finished?

November 6: Press Preview 1:30PM
November 10: Members Walk-through 1-2 pm & Opening Reception 2-4 pm

Using ten quilts from the Museum’s collection, Quilt Detective: Fake, Fraud or Finished? tests visitors’ sleuthing skills in detecting quilts that “aren’t quite right.” A closer look at quilt design, fabric, and technique reveals 19th century quilt blocks that are combined with late 20th century fabric, new quilts that imitate old designs, and restoration work so skillful that it is difficult to detect. Viewers will learn a few of the methods curators use to detect inconsistencies in historic quilts.