520 South 1st.  San Jose, CA 95113, San Jose, CA. 408-971-0323                                           FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: info@sjquiltmuseum.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

(October 10, 2018) San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles (SJMQT) announced today that it will showcase an innovative array of exhibitions and events.

SJMQT will be displaying Excellence in Fibers (in collaboration with Fiber Art Now Magazine), Suture and Stitch: Mark Newport, and Seeing the Threshold: Jayoung Yoon from October 19-January 13, 2019. The opening reception is from 3:00-5:00pm on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at SJMQT. Miriam at MoMA:  Miriam Nathan-Roberts, Public and Personal is on view in the Porcella Gallery from October 19- November 25, 2018 and Hey, Are you Free? by Wu Yu Jung is on view November 28, 2018- January 13, 2019.

Excellence in Fibers

Fiber Art Now and SJMQT are pleased to present the third annual juried exhibition, Excellence in Fibers.  The jurors represent a group of well-respected artists and leaders in the fiber arts and fine art community. They include Marcia Young (Editor in Chief, Fiber Art Now), Art Martin (Director of Collections and Exhibitions, Muskegon Museum of Art), and Louise Allrich (Allrich Gallery, San Francisco). The Paul J. Smith Award for Excellence in Fibers was awarded to Patricia Kennedy-Zafred. The categories of this exhibition are Installation Works, Sculptural Works, Vessel Forms/ Basketry, and Wearables.

Suture and Stitch: Mark Newport

Newport’s mending work explores a variety of topics involving aspects of identity, protection, masculinity, vulnerability and the development of both emotional and physical scars. He illuminates the relationship between skin and textiles through mending and repair, exploring traditional darning patterns. Mark Newport was appointed Artist-in-Residence and Head of the Fiber Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2007.

Seeing the Threshold: Jayoung Yoon

Jayoung Yoon’s work explores the medium of human hair with the intent to focus the viewer’s attention to the body. Since hair does not decay after death, it is a symbolic form of remembrance. Yoon presents work that seems to blur and fade away, placing emphasis on her desired message of a transcendent reality. Compositions of grids, and geometric shapes with repeated hair-lines intend to convey dissolving thoughts, touching on states of both unconscious and conscious minds.

Miriam at MoMA:  Miriam Nathan-Roberts, Public and Personal

SJMQT commemorates Miriam Nathan-Roberts, the late Bay Area art quilt pioneer.  The exhibit includes several of her iconic works as well as quilts and personal articles never before shown.  Nathan-Roberts was well-known for illusions of 3D shapes on a 2D surface.  Her later work was distinguished by striking, digitally-printed images.  The exhibition’s title piece imagines a radical departure for the Museum of Modern Art in New York as a venue for Nathan-Robert’s art quilts. 

Hey Are You Free? Wu Yu Jung, New Terrains: Migration and Mobility Project

Wu Yu Jung lives in San Jose’s Sister City Tainan, Taiwan’s “Cultural Capital.” In conjunction with New Terrains: Migration and Mobility, a Silicon Valley-wide project organized by San Jose Museum of Art, Wu Yu Jung spent a week in October, riding a bicycle around various San Jose neighborhoods, asking “Hey, are you free?” Her bicycle was equipped with sewing supplies and she asked if people wanted their clothes mended on the spot. Her artistic practice promotes meeting new people through sewing in public places and focuses on the relationship between the artist and society, and the symbolism of mending and clothing. This exhibition documents the artist’s practice and will include her custom bicycle created exclusively for her visit to San Jose

Please contact info@sjquiltmuseum.org with any questions.

Additional Events

December 1, 2018 - Gun Buy Back

In collaboration with the San Jose Police Department and the San Jose Police Foundation, officials will hold a gun buy back event on December 1, 2018. The public will have the opportunity to anonymously trade in their handguns, rifles, shotguns and assault weapons in return for cash and a quilt. As celebrated programming for SJMQT’s spring exhibition, Guns: Loaded Conversations, SJMQT has pledged $20,000 to support this community event and is collecting quilts. Each participant turning in a gun on this day will receive cash and a quilt. For more information on how to donate cash or quilts please visit: https://www.sjquiltmuseum.org/cashandquilts/

December 2, 2018 – Free Community Day Open House

Please come to SJMQT for a free, family friendly community day on December 2, 2018 from 11-3 pm. Celebrate the season with us and enjoy art activities, presentations, exhibitions and enjoy stress-free holiday shopping in our unique store, filled with gifts created by local artists.

ADMISSION: Admission is $8.00 general; $6.50 students and seniors; and free to Museum members and children 12 and under. Admission is ‘pay what you can’ on the first Friday of each month (excluding January and July). For more information, call 408-971-0323 or visit www.sjquiltmuseum.org.
 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.


San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles New Exhibits

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles (SJMQT) announced today that it will showcase an innovative array of exhibitions and events.

SJMQT will be displaying the exhibitions The Art of Labor (In collaboration with the Surface Design Association), CUT IT OUT!  (a paper cutting exhibition), and Maggy Rozycki Hiltner’s expansive project Vantage Point.  The Opening Reception, located at SJMQT, is from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. onSunday, July 22, 2018. Frau Fiber vs. the Machines is on view July 22– September 2, 2018 in the Porcella Gallery.
 

The Art of Labor: Surface Design Association’s Juried Members Exhibition

Co-curated by Carole Frances Lung aka Frau Fiber and SJMQT Curator of Exhibitions, Amy DiPlacido, The Art of Labor: Surface Design Association’s Juried Members Exhibition presents a powerful display of fiber-based or textile-inspired works that depict the multi-faceted definition of labor. From the very idea of creating a time-intensive art work, to the act of being in labor, to the industrialization of textile and garment companies, The Art of Labor highlights the most contemporary, cutting-edge textile artists and showcases the exciting future of the fiber medium.

 

CUT IT OUT! Explorations in Contemporary Paper Cutting

With reference to printmaking, sculpture and illustration, the subtractive art of paper cutting is going through its own Renaissance. As society moves into the digital age, paper, which was once part of our everyday lives, is fading out to more environmentally friendly alternatives. This exhibition pays homage to the art of paper cutting, an activity that has been celebrated since the 4th century.

 

Frau Fiber vs. the Machines

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

 

If you have any questions, please contact info@sjquiltmuseum.org.
 

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING
 

On Sunday, July 22, 2018, 1-3 p.m., San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles will present a ‘2 for 1’ back-to-back lecture from Carole Frances Lung followed by Maggy Rozycki Hiltner.  Admission to both lectures is available at $15.00 for Members and $25.00 for Non-Members. These lectures are followed by the opening receptions of all four exhibitions from 3-5 p.m.

 

On August 24, 2018 at 7pm SJMQT will screen the documentary film, “Who Does She Think She is?” followed by a discussion. Admission to this special event is available at $10.00 for Members and $15.00 for Non-Members.

 

The weekend of September 22 & 23 SJMQT is free to the public. On September 22, 2018 the museum celebrates Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day, a national effort of museums to waive admission fees making them accessible for all. The next day, on September 23, 2018 the museum will be open one hour earlier, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. to celebrate Viva Calle, a local San Jose initiative that transforms six miles of city streets into an urban park for the day! https://www.vivacallesj.org/

 


ADMISSION: Admission is $8.00 general; $6.50 students and seniors; and free to Museum members and children 12 and under. Admission is ‘pay what you can’ on the first Friday of each month. For more information, call 408-971-0323 or visit www.sjquiltmuseum.org.
 

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.


COINCIDING WITH THE 19th ANNIVERSARY OF THE COLUMBINE TRAGEDY,
SAN JOSE MUSEUM OF QUILTS & TEXTILES ANNOUNCES
GUNS: LOADED CONVERSATIONS EXHIBIT + UNIQUE QUILT-THEMED GUN BUY-BACK; PARTNERSHIPS WITH STUDIO ART QUILT ASSOCIATES,
THE SOCIAL JUSTICE SEWING ACADEMY, SAN JOSE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND MORE

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

Rest in Power, Trayvon, 2012 photo credit: Sara Trail

Batik, silk, cotton, lace, organza

Quilted and appliquéd

 

SAN JOSE, CA (April 11, 2018) – San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles (SJMQT) announced today that it will unroll a trailblazing array of exhibitions and events intended to spark dialogue in relation to the complicated and multifaceted topic of gun violence in America. SJMQT will be displaying the exhibitions Guns: Loaded Conversations (in collaboration with Studio Art Quilt Associates) and Generation of Change: A Movement, Not a Moment (from the East Bay-based Social Justice Sewing Academy), with an Opening Reception from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, 2018. The exhibitions will be on display through July 15, 2018. Co-curated by Studio Art Quilt Associates juror Vicky Clark and SJMQT Curator of Exhibitions, Amy DiPlacido, the exhibition presents a powerful display of art works and related in-gallery programming, intended to promote conversation, understanding and reflection on gun issues facing this country. Guns: Loaded Conversations is supported by the prestigious X Factor Arts Grant from SV Creates.

Following the exhibitions, SJMQT will be partnering with The Mayor’s Office, multiple City Council Districts, San Jose Police Department and Police Foundation to sponsor a Gun Buy- Back Program entitled Quilts + Cash for Guns. The Buy-Back is slated for early December 2018; further details, including the date of the Buy-Back, will be announced at a later time.

Combining artistry, craft and activism, Social Justice Sewing Academy – which is partnering with the Museum on Generation of Change: A Movement, Not a Moment – has the following mission objectives: to inspire high-school students toward awareness of social injustices; to create young leaders; and to motivate action. The quilts on display, created by teenagers and crafted with the help of adult sewing mentors, remind the viewer that social injustices have a profound effect on all people, regardless of age. SJSA’s goal is to prepare students to solve issues in their communities through innovative thinking and action. By using textile art as a vehicle for personal transformation and community cohesion, SJSA empowers youth to become agents of social change.

“With these powerful exhibitions and programs,” says SJMQT Director Nancy Bavor, “we hope to engage our visitors in conversations about the complex and controversial issue of the Second Amendment and gun use in this country.”

GUN BUY-BACK

The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is partnering with The Mayor’s Office, multiple City Council Districts, San Jose Police Department and Police Foundation to sponsor a Gun Buy- Back Program entitled Quilts + Cash for Guns. The goal of the program is to reduce the number of firearms owned by civilians and provide gun owners with an opportunity to turn in guns without risk of prosecution. Participants will be able to turn in a gun and, in exchange, receive cash and a quilt. The specific date for Gun Buy-Back, scheduled for December 2018, will be announced at a later date.

SJMQT is calling on the community to create quilts that may be exchanged for guns. The Museum is also accepting tax-deductible contributions to be used for the gun buy-back. For information about quilt donations and to make online contributions visit www.sjquiltmuseum.org.

If you have any questions, please contact DonateQuilts@sjquiltmuseum.org.

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING

On Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 3:00 p.m., San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles will present the lecture Bang! Bang! Discussing America’s Second Amendment by Stanford University Law Professor, John J. Donohue III. Admission to this one-time special event is available at $15.00 for Members and $25.00 for Non-Members.

FOR CALENDAR EDITORS:

WHAT:

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles:
GUNS: LOADED CONVERSATIONS - EXHIBITION
GENERATION OF CHANGE: A MOVEMENT, NOT A MOMENT – EXHIBITION
BANG! BANG! DISCUSSING AMERICA’S SECOND AMENDMENT- LECTURE
QUILTS + CASH FOR GUNS - GUN BUY-BACK

WHEN:

April 22 – July 15, 2018 – GENERATION OF CHANGE and GUNS: LOADED CONVERSATIONS
July 15, 2018 (3pm – 5pm) - BANG! BANG! DISCUSSING AMERICA’S SECOND AMENDMENT
December 2018 TBA – QUILTS + CASH FOR GUNS

Museum Hours:
11:00am-4:00pm Wednesday through Friday
11:00am-3:00pm Saturday and Sunday
Closed Mondays, Tuesdays and major holidays.

WHERE:

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, 520 South 1st St. San Jose, CA 95113

ADMISSION:

Admission is $8.00 general; $6.50 students and seniors; and free to Museum members and children 12 and under. Admission is ‘pay what you can’ on the first Friday of each month. For more information, call 408-971-0323 or visit www.sjquiltmuseum.org.

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. San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles was awarded the prestigious SV Creates X- Factor Grant to support exhibition and programming for this exhibition.

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A Geographical Journey: The Paul J. Smith Textile Collection
January 19 – April 15, 2018

 
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Beaded and woven bag from Mexico


The Director Emeritus of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, Paul J. Smith is an art administrator, curator and artist. He is also a lecturer, juror for craft competitions and consultant for craft and design projects. Involved with craft and design since the 1950s, Smith is well known for his innovative curatorial and exhibition programming in the American Studio Craft Movement, and has presented more than 200 exhibitions since 1963. His exhibitions expanded the public’s appreciation for art, craft and design. During his career, Smith also collected traditional and ethnographic textiles from Asia, Central and South America, and Africa. Smith’s personal textile collection, never before exhibited, showcases the beauty of textile traditions worldwide.

Please join SJMQT on January 28, 2018 to hear Paul Smith lecture on “Reflections: Fiber Art History in America” from 2 – 3 pm. Immediately following will be the opening reception from  3 -5pm. Tickets are for sale (Members: $15, Non-members $25) and can be found at: https://www.sjquiltmuseum.org/events/

 

 Without a Net: Susan Else
January 19 – April 15, 2018

 
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Susan Else, Above the Boardwalk, 2007

Each of Susan Else’s figurative sculptures tells a story, capturing the range of human emotions, routines, dreams and realities. In Without a Net, lse presents an old-fashioned circus and sideshow, using three-dimensional figures to narrate the dark underbelly of the circus. Ten circus-themed pieces, many made specifically for this exhibition, incorporate sound, light and motion, to create alternative universe that is full of contradictions. The power and beauty of the patterned cloth surfaces play off the form and content of the work, and the result is a dynamic seesaw of meanings and possibilities.

Please join SJMQT on Sunday, February 18, 2018 to celebrate “A Day at the Circus,” a free, family-friendly open house celebrating Susan Else’s solo exhibition. From 11am – 3pm museum visitors will have a chance to experience highlights from the circus such as clowns and performers, music and art making.

 

 Talismanic Tresses: Vien Le Wood
January 19 – April 15, 2018

Award-winning British textile artist and designer, Vien Le Wood is the founder of Gold Spink Studi, a ashion embellishment concept house based in Brooklyn, New York. Le Wood’s exhibition, Talismanic Tresses, s based on her view of human hair which she believes 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 in the process of being gifted precious hair and buying discarded hair, an energy exchange is created that sends the message of mortality.

 
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Vien Le Wood, alismanic Tresses, 2017
Staples, copper, naturally dyed mohair yarn, tie dyed and screen printed human hair

 

 13th Quilt Nihon
July 21 – October 15, 2017

A selection of Quilts from 13th Quilt Nihon


SAN JOSE, California, July 6, 2017 –– The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is excited to present the United States premiere of the 13th Quilt Nihon Exhibition. These quilts are drawn from the winners of the prestigious Japan Handicraft Instructors’ Association (JHIA) competition, the largest quilting competition in Japan.

 

For more than forty-five years, the JHIA has been dedicated to promoting handicraft arts through training and publication in Japan. The 13th Quilt Nihon Exhibition, in accepting quilts designed along both traditional and contemporary lines, seeks to collect the best examples of modern Japanese quilt making. The JHIA Encouragement Award for quilters under the age of 35 also serves to promote the future of this art form.

 

The 13th Quilt Nihon Exhibition begins in Tokyo and travels across the United States, allowing an international audience to appreciate the artistry and technical finesse of these prizewinning Japanese quilts.

 

  Linear Intervention: Sabine Reckewell
July 21 – October 15, 2017

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 2D/3D embroideries by Sabine Reckewell

Sabine Reckewell describes her room-sized installations as “three-dimensional drawings.” Using linear materials, repetition, and geometry, Reckewell creates forms that simultaneously give contradictory impressions of flatness and volume.

These installations, constructed using simple tools and techniques, strike a fine balance between mathematical precision and hand-made simplicity. Based on the dimensions and properties of a room, Reckewell maps out the geometry of the installation with evenly spaced points, and constructs it with soft and pliable linear materials like yarns, ribbons, ropes, and webbing. Repetition gives the work a meditative quality, and the choice of material gives it personality.

Reckewell’s installations are rarely meant to be permanent, movable sculptures: They exist in a particular space for a certain amount of time and then are deconstructed. This will be the case for Reckewell’s site-specific installation at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles on view in the Finlayson Gallery.

  

Bold Statements: Modern and Historical Quilts from the Collection

July 12 – October 15, 2017

During its 40-year existence, the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles has accumulated a permanent collection composed of over 1200 textiles, including over 450 historic and contemporary quilts.

  K.B.A. Log Cabin (Courthouse Steps Variation), 1965    Gift of Lea And Bruce Berman

K.B.A. Log Cabin (Courthouse Steps Variation), 1965

Gift of Lea And Bruce Berman

Bold Statements highlights quilts from the SJMQT collection with strong graphic and geometric sensibilities. This set of quilts speaks to the infinite variety of expression that quilters have achieved through the simplest of shapes.  Many of the quilts in this exhibit are from a generous 2016 donation of over 80 quilts by Lea and Bruce Berman and have never been exhibited in the museum before now.

 

FiberShots 4th Annual Community Challenge and Sale

            July 22 - September 3, 2017      

Roberta Pabst, Millefiori Madness, 2017 FiberShot

Over 100 artists from around the world have translated their preferred fiber art medium into a 10"x 10" square. The artists' donated work will be sold for $125, with all proceeds dedicated to funding fiber art programs. Please join us for the Champagne Gala Celebration on the night of Saturday, July 22, 2017 from 6 - 9pm.  Ticket purchasing information can be found here.

 

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 gran supported by the Office of Cultural Affairs for the City of San Jose; and the Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association.

Museum and Museum Store Hours are: 11:00am - 4:00pm Wednesday through Friday; 11:00am - 3:00 pm Saturday and Sunday; closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and major holidays. Admission is $8.00 general; $6.50 students and seniors 65 and up; and free to Museum members and children 12 and under. Admission is 'Pay What You Can' on the first Friday of each month, not including January and July. The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is located at 520 South First Street in SoFA district of downtown San Jose. For more information, call 408-971-0323.