Quilts As Women's Shelter:
10th Anniversary Exhibition
July 21, 2019 – July 28, 2019
Since 2009, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association, and Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence partnered to teach quilting skills to women and teens whose lives have been changed by domestic violence. This exhibition celebrates the 10 year anniversary of this unique outreach project, which provides participants with new skills and the sense of accomplishment and confidence through creative empowerment.
The Privilege to Breathe: Adia Millett
July 21, 2019 - August 25, 2019
The Privilege to Breathe is a series of abstracted textile pieces based on a few questions Adia began to ask herself, Can privileges be universal? What are the privileges that inform who we are? And what is our role in creating change Initially the work that sprang from this inquiry developed into symbols for reconstructing her own relationship to economic disparity, white fragility, and male privilege. Using a combination of recycled and discarded fabrics, Millett pieces together images of hope. Through this process of investigation, she discovered something we all have... the privilege to breathe.
Mayan Traje: A Tradition in Transition
JULY 21, 2019 – OCTOBER 13, 2019
TURNER AND GILLILAND GALLERIES
The Maya of Guatemala are known worldwide for their excellent weaving and distinctive trajes (traditional clothing). These were once 100% village-specific, and people could be recognized as being from a specific place. Over time, many and diverse influences have caused significant change -- but even so, visitors are struck by the ubiquitous nature of indigenous weaving and the persistence of their “wearable art”. This exhibit will show outstanding examples of clothing from the early 20th century to contemporary fashion, highlight key differences, and explore some of the reasons for these changes. On view will be individual pieces as well as full trajes – none created for tourist markets. These will be drawn from the rarely-displayed collection of the Friends of the Ixchel Museum.
La Vie de Bohème
July 21, 2019 – October 13, 2019
La Vie de Bohème celebrates the collaboration between two San Jose cultural institutions, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles and Opera San José. Showcasing costumes, illustrations and props from SJ Opera's production of La Bohème, the costumes illuminate the story of a group of bohemians, and how their lives become intertwined. Although the novel was set in Paris in the 1840s, the costumes in this exhibition represent the 1920s.
Costume Designer: Alina Bokovikova
Costume Director: Alyssa Oania
This exhibition and costumes on display are generously underwritten by Mary and Clint Gilliland.
July 31, 2019 – October 13, 2019
Explore selected works from San Francisco School of Needlework & Design's Stitch-at-Home Challenge: Borders.
A border is a moat between a castle and its kingdom. A border runs along the hem of our jeans. A boundary, a selvage, a crease, an end and a beginning, a divider and a unifier: a border is all of these at once. Borders are both metaphorical and literal––some are fixed while others have fluidity and movement. Our internal boundaries serve to protect us from real or perceived dangers and help to delineate the furthest reaches of our moods and feelings. Externally, borders are both visual and physical structures that serve to define lands, politics, cultures and linguistic variations. They shift like the high tide line, results of geopolitical incidents, and within each of us as we learn, grow and develop. Sawtooth borders, hemstitched borders, open borders, white picket fences, brick walls, arched openings, drawnwork, or tiny dashed running stitch lines. Visible and invisible, comforting and discomforting, fixed and fluid….all around us.
Gems from our PasT
August 28, 2019 – October 13, 2019
Ranging from 1850 to 1940, SJMQT showcases classic quilts from San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textile's permanent collection. Curated by Ashley Elieff, Collections Manager at SJMQT, this show highlights the bright, high-contrast, and bold prints of the museum's diverse quilt assortment.
Know Your Meme: Stitching Viral Phenomena
October 20, 2019 – January 12, 2020
Turner and Gilliland Galleries
The exhibition explores the concept of the meme as a poignant method to summarize, understand, critique and share thoughts on important societal issues. In true meme fashion, the artwork selection will be driven by the power of the people, curated by the online community, and will encourage the general public to participate in the exhibition process. All artworks must depict, relate to or reference a meme through a textile method such as quilting, embroidery, cross- stitching, knitting and crocheting, weaving, basketry, etc.
Stories of West Africa: Hollis Chatelain
October 20, 2019 – January 12, 2020
Hollis Chatelain creates art quilts based on her photographs while she lived in the West African countries of Togo, Burkina Faso, Mali, and Benin.
From her photographs, Hollis drew the original illustrations for her coloring book titled Stories of West Africa. These drawings, done in colored pencil, were scanned, enlarged, digitally printed on cotton fabric, and then machine quilted. Each quilt tells a story showing the strength of family and community, while the backgrounds show lively African fabrics which play an important role in the everyday life of this region.
Form and Function: Fiber Arts for the 21st Century
Second Artist Members Biennial
October 20, 2019 – November 24, 2019
November 27, 2019 – January 12, 2020
Juried by artist and curator Karen Gutfreund, Form and Function: Fiber Arts for the 21st Century showcases works in both traditional and new media that emphasize art over craft with bold use of artistic elements—line, space, shape, form, texture, and color to tell an individual story. Fiber artists utilize a multitude of methods to bridge craft and design, invoke new artistic concepts, and alter or refresh views of fiber. Each of our SJMQT Artist's Members brings a personal vision and sensibility to his or her cloth. We want to celebrate this diversity and this exhibition is intended to promote an appreciation of fiber arts in the broader community.
PANTEA KARIMI: FORGOTTEN WOMEN OF SCIENCE
JANUARY 19, 2020 – MARCH 1, 2020
History shows that there were many powerful and intelligent women who enjoyed professional careers in a wide range of scientific fields. Women scientists have long been under-represented and sometimes forgotten in historical accounts and scientific textbooks. These women did not just assume marginalized roles in the oft male-dominated fields of science; they were also pioneers and generators of cutting-edge ideas. Forgotten Women of Science features lesser acknowledged female scientists from ancient times to the nineteenth century. The exhibition highlights their contributions and chronicles their struggles in the scientific field.
Shirley Cunningham and Marianne Lettieri:
Never Ending Thread
JANUARY 19 – APRIL 12, 2020
Cunningham and Lettieri juxtapose their independent art installations to create a space for poetic reverie. Working with re-purposed materials, needle, thread, light and shadow, they explore cultural, spiritual, and material translations of objects, symbols, and text through the aesthetics of craft and design. Cunningham retells an ancient creation story in imaginary tapestry, transforming garments through painterly stitches and skillful embellishment. Lettieri re-contextualizes a thousand articles of estate crochet to make a new narrative about individual identity, community, and creativity. Together, the artists engage the infinite thread that runs through time.
Under the Covers: It’s Not What It Seams
April 19, 2020 – May 31, 2020
Under the Covers: It’s Not What It Seams is the result of a collaboration between the students of Dr. Dore Bowen at San José State University students and the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles. Each student paired a quilt or textile from the museum’s Permanent Collection with another art object to create a statement that embodies a particular narrative or recalls a dream or memory. These unpredicted juxtapositions, express a new narrative or story, casting both objects in a new light.