Form and Function: Fiber Arts for the 21st Century
Second Artist Members Biennial
November 27, 2019 – January 12, 2020
Hallway and Porcella Gallery
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.
Inside Out: Seeing Through Clothing
January 19 – April 12, 2020
Turner and Gilliland Galleries
Clothing acts as both a boundary and bridge between the body and the world. At once utilitarian and deeply expressive, clothing offers protection from external conditions while extending our inner selves—our identities, desires and beliefs—to the surface of our bodies and beyond. This dynamic relationship between inside and outside will be explored in Inside Out: Seeing Through Clothing, featuring the work of 11 artists who investigate the boundary that clothing creates between the self and world. Working in the fields of sculpture, photography, installation and textile art, these artists consider themes of transparency, openness, interiority and visibility to create objects that invite us in while reaching out. Their works reimagine clothing as a radical and poetic form, capable of revealing hidden—and often uncomfortable—truths while dissolving boundaries between interior and exterior worlds.
Artists include Claudia Casarino, Charlotte Kruk, Robin Lasser & Adrienne Pao, Victoria May, Kate Mitchell, Laura Raboff, Beverly Rayner, Rose Sellery, and Jean Shin.
I Was India: Embroidering Exoticism
Kira Dominguez Hultgren
March 4 – April 12, 2020
Bay Area-based artist Kira Dominguez Hultgren explores what it takes to make an Indian. Her work incorporates cultural and familial materials, as she opens up her grandmother’s cedar chest to reveal two Punjabi phulkaris embroidered by her auntie Dalip Kaur around 1925. Phulkaris, or saloos as her family calls them, are commonly seen as head-coverings and shawls that typify the material cultural practices of pre-partition Punjab. In this exhibition, they become the process or treasure map by which themes of colonial and contemporary exoticism, handwork, and the spectacle are surveyed. Through woven sculpture and installation, Dominguez Hultgren invites visitors to step with her into phulkari practice as a transgressive process that challenges both personal identity and global histories.
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 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.