Karen Gutfreund  Suffer the Children (rage/ enojadisimo),  2018 Mixed media on canvas, book pages, acrylic, vellum, vinyl and epoxy resin

Karen Gutfreund
Suffer the Children (rage/ enojadisimo), 2018
Mixed media on canvas, book pages, acrylic, vellum, vinyl and epoxy resin

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
PORCELLA GALLERY

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.

Pantea Karimi #Hypatia, 2018 Silkscreen and color graphite on paper

Pantea Karimi
#Hypatia, 2018
Silkscreen and color graphite on paper


Shirley Cunningham Bounty: Fowls for the air 48 x 66" Vintage fabric, thread Photo by Dennis Fagan

Shirley Cunningham
Bounty: Fowls for the air
48 x 66"
Vintage fabric, thread
Photo by Dennis Fagan

Shirley Cunningham and Marianne Lettieri:
Never Ending Thread
JANUARY 19 – APRIL 12, 2020
FINLAYSON GALLERY

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.

Robin Lasser + Adrienne Pao Sari Dress Tent Interior (featuring donated saris), 2018 Chromogenic print

Robin Lasser + Adrienne Pao
Sari Dress Tent Interior (featuring donated saris), 2018
Chromogenic print

Robin Lasser + Adrienne Pao Sari Dress Tent, 2018 Chromogenic print

Robin Lasser + Adrienne Pao
Sari Dress Tent, 2018
Chromogenic print


Arose , 2019 Virgin and less pure wool in homespun marigold and primitive rust; mixed yarn blends from the U.S., U.K., and Canada; Indian cotton; Chinese silk; climbing gym rope from Berkeley Ironworks; found wooden frame bars and stakes; cam straps, D-rings

Arose, 2019
Virgin and less pure wool in homespun marigold and primitive rust; mixed yarn blends from the U.S., U.K., and Canada; Indian cotton; Chinese silk; climbing gym rope from Berkeley Ironworks; found wooden frame bars and stakes; cam straps, D-rings

I Was India: Embroidering Exoticism
Kira Dominguez Hultgren

March 4 – April 12, 2020

Porcella Gallery

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
Porcella Gallery 

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.

Gerald E. Roy  Reflections Too, For Paul,  1997 Cotton Hand quilted 2012.462.002

Gerald E. Roy
Reflections Too, For Paul, 1997
Cotton
Hand quilted
2012.462.002


Steen's Quilt  Charlotte Yde  Frederiksberg, Denmark 1979

Steen's Quilt
Charlotte Yde
Frederiksberg, Denmark
1979

Layered & Stitched: 50 Years of Innovative Art
April 19, 2020 – July 12, 2020

For more than 50 years, the art quilt movement has been breaking new ground. Today, thousands of artists and collectors around the world are passionate about this art form.

Layered & Stitched: 50 Years of Innovative Art is a showcase of 50 art quilts by renowned master artists around the globe. Seminal works show the evolution of the art quilt from the earliest pioneers through to today’s artists experimenting with new forms, new materials, and new digital technologies. This exhibition traces the development of this exciting art form as it started with isolated markers, primarily in Ohio and California, into an international movement involving thousands of artists. Featuring a balance of abstract and representational styles, these artworks represent the extraordinary range of talented artists working in contemporary quilt art.


Consuelo Jimenez Underwood  Quatlique-landia , 2017 Nylon Mexican flag, cotton and metallic thread Woven

Consuelo Jimenez Underwood
Quatlique-landia, 2017
Nylon Mexican flag, cotton and metallic thread
Woven

Consuelo Jimenez Underwood: Thread, Spirit, and Resistance 

July 19, 2020 – October 4, 2020

Turner and Gilliland Galleries


Wura Ogunji  The sea, and it's raining. I missed you so much., 2018  Thread, fan Photo credit: Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Wura Ogunji
The sea, and it's raining. I missed you so much., 2018
Thread, fan
Photo credit: Fundação Bienal de São Paulo

Three Ways: Ogunji, May, Diazoni

July 19, 2020 – October 4, 2020

Finlayson Gallery