FRAU FIBER VS. THE MACHINES

JULY 22, 2018 - SEPTEMBER 2, 2018

PORCELLA GALLERY

The works in this exhibition document Frau Fiber's on-going battle with contemporary apparel manufacturing. In video, photography and artifacts, the exhibition makes space to witness Frau Fiber's attempt to spin yarn, knit a tube sock and knit a sweater as fast as a machine. This series of textile productions are inspired by the folk lore of the ultimate working-class hero: John Henry. Henry, who was immortalized in verse and myth in the 1800’s, fought and lost a valiant battle against the drill machine that took his life and ultimately replaced the jobs of tireless railroad workers. 

The exhibition is curated by Frau Fiber’s archivist and biographer, Carole Frances Lung.

 Frau Fiber vs. ring spinner

Frau Fiber vs. ring spinner


 Jen Graham  Don't Shoot at Me , 2017 Image on Fabric  3 x 5'

Jen Graham
Don't Shoot at Me, 2017
Image on Fabric  3 x 5'

GUNS: LOADED CONVERSATIONS

APRIL 22, 2018 - JULY 15, 2018

TURNER, GILLILAND AND FINLAYSON GALLERIES

An enormous divide exists between people who cherish their heritage of gun ownership and others who are concerned that guns contribute to the rising tide of gun violence. The pieces presented in this exhibition spark conversations relating to this important societal issue.

The work explores heritage and current cultural norms reflected in gun ownership and consider how people's personal experience with guns may influence their opinions. The exhibition plans to engage those of differing opinions to listen to each other in a thoughtful manner; and to investigate and encourage community initiatives that may inspire action in seeking solutions.

This Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) exhibition plans to engage those of differing opinions to listen to each other in a thoughtful manner; and to investigate and encourage community initiatives that may inspire action in seeking solutions.

This exhibition is supported by East Bay Heritage Quilters.


GENERATION OF CHANGE: A MOVEMENT, NOT A MOMENT

APRIL 22, 2018 - JULY 15, 2018

Social Justice Sewing Academy’s mission is to inspire students to be aware of social injustices and turn them into leaders and organizers who believe that change can happen when they try and take action. By learning a strong foundation in sewing and textile art expression, SJSA's goal is to prepare students to solve the issues in their communities by their innovative thinking. Each quilt on display is an act of social justice, created by a teen, revealing that equality is a concern, regardless of age.

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 Sara Trail  Rest in Power, Trayvon , 2012  Batik, silk, cotton, lace, organza Quilted and appliquéd

Sara Trail
Rest in Power, Trayvon, 2012
Batik, silk, cotton, lace, organza
Quilted and appliquéd


  Unequal: Pie Charts , 2015 Cotton, Quilted Image courtesy of the Artist

Unequal: Pie Charts, 2015
Cotton, Quilted
Image courtesy of the Artist

INTIMACY AND SUBVERSION
THOMAS KNAUER

JUNE 6, 2018 - JULY 15, 2018

PORCELLA GALLERY

Artist Thomas Knauer is interested in the social and cultural implication of making a quilt. For him the decision to make a quilt is already a type of activism, a reflection of a desire for something more personal, a refutation of the generic and the disposable. The quilts on display stem from that fundamental premise, and translate specific concerns into material form, specifically quilts that are actually used on a daily basis; they explore the implications of addressing a wide range of issues within the intimate space of the bedroom, what it means to bring global concerns to the home. These quilts then become less about public expression and more about insuring that one’s personal ideals do not slip away into the abstract, perpetually overwhelmed by the endless cycles of crisis that surround us. Through these quilts the political is tied to the personal, ideals are made concrete; each quilt becomes an everyday reminder of the manifold challenges confronting us, and as a prompt to advocate for a world we hope to make better.


COLOR PERCEPTION: PILAR AGÜERO-ESPARZA

APRIL 22 - JUNE 3, 2018

PORCELLA GALLERY

In her recent body of work, Pilar Agüero-Esparza presents the viewer with abstractions created using the skin tone palette of the Color Your World: Crayola Multicultural Crayons set. Referencing Joseph Albers’ color theory in the title of the exhibition, Agüero-Esparza’s leather, fabric and paper works explore the idea of a “racialized abstraction” connecting her mixed media works to colorism and the personal experience and representation of one’s color.

Originally from Boyle Heights in East Los Angeles, Agüero-Esparza received her BA in painting and printmaking from UC Santa Cruz and an MFA in sculpture from San Jose State University. She is a local artist and art educator and has exhibited her work widely throughout the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

 Pilar Agüero-Esparza  Skin Tone 5  Mahogany, tan, peach, apricot, sepia, burnt sienna, 2017 crayon, color pencil, paper Weaving and collage on mixed media board

Pilar Agüero-Esparza
Skin Tone 5
Mahogany, tan, peach, apricot, sepia, burnt sienna, 2017 crayon, color pencil, paper
Weaving and collage on mixed media board


 Chuck Stolarek  Blenders over Penguins with Suction Cup  Embroidery with Cotton Thread

Chuck Stolarek
Blenders over Penguins with Suction Cup
Embroidery with Cotton Thread

SHOJI TABUCHEESE: CHUCK STOLAREK

FEBRUARY 28 - APRIL 15, 2018

PORCELLA GALLERY

SHOJI TABUCHEESE is the 2017-2018 textile-based projects of Chuck Stolarek. Chuck is interested in context and the perfect spot between fiction & non-fiction. When possible, the medium is massively time-consuming and the subject matter is light and unexplained. The effect is laughter and confusion. Chuck is a 2002 graduate of Rhode Island School of Design’s furniture design program. His work has been seen in Sportswear International, LA Weekly, Surface Magazine, and on MTV.

Chuck Stolarek at RISD


A GEOGRAPHICAL JOURNEY: THE PAUL J. SMITH TEXTILE COLLECTION

JANUARY 19 - APRIL 15, 2018

TURNER AND GILLILAND GALLERIES

Director Emeritus of the Museum of Arts and Design in NY, Paul J. Smith is most noted for his groundbreaking curatorial works in the America Studio Craft Movement. During his career, he collected traditional and ethnographic textiles during his world travels that have never been exhibited before.

 Phulkari, Punjab Artist Unknown Silk embroidery thread, cotton Hand embroidery

Phulkari, Punjab
Artist Unknown
Silk embroidery thread, cotton
Hand embroidery


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TALISMANIC TRESSES: VIEN LE WOOD

JANUARY 19 - APRIL 15, 2018

Award wining British textile artist and designer, Vien Le Wood is the founder of Gold Spink Studio, a fashion embellishment concept house based in Brooklyn, New York. Vien has ten years’ experience in the fashion industry. Vien’s exhibition, Talismanic Tresses is based on her view of human hair which she believes it acts as a conductor to our higher consciousness and intuition.In this exhibition she intimately crafted, stitch-by-stitch, piece-by-piece, and layer-by-layer the act of embellishment with an artistic expression. Le Wood believes that through the process of being gifted precious hair and buying discarded hair, an energy exchange is created that sends the message of mortality.

Image: Talismanic Tresses , 2017, Staples, copper, naturally dyed mohair yarn,  tie dyed and screen printed human hair. 


WITHOUT A NET: SUSAN ELSE

JANUARY 19 - APRIL 15, 2018

FINLAYSON GALLERY

As a fabric sculptor, Santa Cruz-based artist Susan Else pushes the boundaries of the studio art quilt movement by integrating sound, light and motors with colorful, stitched figures. In her solo exhibition Without a Net, Else explores the theatrical awe and dark underbelly of the circus. 

  Above the Boardwalk , 2007 65 x 50 x 25" Collaged and quilted cloth over armature, motorized, with audio

Above the Boardwalk, 2007
65 x 50 x 25"
Collaged and quilted cloth over armature, motorized, with audio


 Cambodian Cultural Dance Troupe performs

Cambodian Cultural Dance Troupe performs

A CAMBODIAN JOURNEY: STORIES TOLD BY TEXTILES AND COSTUMES OF THE CAMBODIAN CULTURAL DANCE TROUPE

JANUARY 19 - FEBRUARY 25, 2018

A journey to preserve the traditions and culture of the Cambodian people began in 1975 with the fall of Cambodia to the Khmer Rouge. The exhibit shows classical and folk dance costumes brought from Cambodia, from hand sewn silks to painted canvas. All costumes are used by the Cambodian Cultural Dance Troupe to keep the ancient traditions of the Khmer people alive in San Jose.


JUNCTURE 2: 40TH ANNIVERSARY SJMQT MEMBER'S EXHIBITION

NOVEMBER 29, 2017 - JANUARY 14, 2018

PORCELLA GALLERY

Now in its fortieth year, the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is at a juncture in time, where we can both reflect on the past and look forward to the future. A juncture can also be an intersection of place or events, often one laden with symbolic potential: In many folk traditions, junctures as represented by crossroads are a potent metaphor for transition. Though a juncture can be a time for reflection, the word can also describe a critical moment or crisis that demands immediate action. With the concept as their point of departure, artists may take the exhibitions theme for "juncture" where it leads them.

  Paths , 2011, Gudny Campbell  Silk charmeuse top, silk ribbon binding, silk batting, cotton backing, yarn, beads

Paths, 2011, Gudny Campbell

Silk charmeuse top, silk ribbon binding, silk batting, cotton backing, yarn, beads


  Millwheel Signature Quilt , 1844, Unknown maker  Gift of Lea Russo and Bruce Berman, 2016.500.001

Millwheel Signature Quilt, 1844, Unknown maker

Gift of Lea Russo and Bruce Berman, 2016.500.001

EXPRESSIONS OF IDENTITY: 40TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION

OCTOBER 20, 2017 - JANUARY 14, 2018

ALL GALLERIES EXCLUDING PORCELLA GALLERY

Inserting one's identity is inherent in the process of an artist and their body of work. As San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles celebrates its 40th year, we reflect on our own identity and highlight pieces from the permanent collection acquired in the last five years. 


IDENTITY TAPESTRY: MARY COREY MARCH

OCTOBER 15, 2017 - JANUARY 14, 2018

HALLWAY

Through a variety of mediums, artist Mary Corey March explores questions of individuality, humanity, data, and expression. March’s participatory installation Identity Tapestry will enlist SJMQT visitors in creating a portrait of our community.  

Participants choose a ball of yarn to trace along the framework of statements pinned to the wall. These statements begin with basic biographical information, such as “I am a woman,” but splinter off into more complex facets of identity: “I have seen someone dying,” “I stop to enjoy a beautiful moment,” “I am fortunate.” Connecting point to point with their yarn, participants trace out the paths of their identities, making visible the ways in which we are the same and different from one another. In each of its locations, including San Francisco, Pepperdine University, Southern Vermont College, and Pfäffikon, Switzerland, Identity Tapestry thus becomes a work of art as unique as the people who contribute to it.

  Identity Tapestry  at San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, 2017

Identity Tapestry at San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, 2017