Miriam at MoMA: Miriam Nathan-Roberts, Personal and Public
October 19 - Nov 25, 2018
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 title piece imagines a radical departure for the Museum of Modern Art in New York --- as a venue for art quilts.
Excellence in Fibers, In Collaboration with Fiber Art Now Magazine
October 19, 2018 - January 13, 2019
Turner and Gilliland Galleries
Fiber Art Now Magazine highlights innovative, contemporary textile art in the Excellence in Fibers issue. An exhibition of the same name, the work shows current trends in the categories of vessel forms/ basketry, installation, wall/ floor works, sculptural works, and wearables.
Seeing the Threshold: Jayoung Yoon
October 19, 2018 - January 13, 2019
Born in Korea, Jayoung Yoon is a New York based artist known for using human hair in her art. She focuses on using hair as a medium for exploring systems of thought, perception and sensations of the body. Her use of hair connects the viewer’s visual perception of the work to the physical form of the body. Her creations of 2 dimensional work, of both woven forms and geometric shapes, represent the limbo between conscious and unconscious states.
Suture and Stitch: Mark Newport
OCTOBER 19, 2018 - JANUARY 13, 2019
For Mark Newport, textile and skin are intimately connected. Physical proximity causes sweat and strength, dirt and fear, love and cologne to move from flesh to cloth indiscriminately. While cloth protects skin, either can be cut or torn. Stitches are the means to aid healing and measure the intensity of the wound.
These works begin by cutting a hole into the cloth. The hole is then filled by weaving with needle and thread. The repairs are made using traditional textile darning and mending techniques learned from studying European and American mending samplers. Whether the area of repair is immediately visible or camouflaged, mending holes leaves a scar that speaks of vulnerability, intimacy, and futility.
Hey, Are you Free?
Solo Exhibition: Wu Yu Jung
New Terrains: Migration and Mobility Project
November 28 - January 13, 2019
Wu Yu Jung’s Solo Exhibition depicts mended cloth as metaphor for how clothing shapes the identity of the wearer, but also reveals our histories, scars and growth. Her exhibition will document the participants of the mended clothing through artifact, video and photograph, and feature the artist’s experience of visiting her Sister City of San Jose.
International TECHstyle Art Biennial IV
January 21 – April 14, 2019
Hallway, Porcella, Turner and Gilliland Galleries
Submission deadline October 22, 2018
In 2010, the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles launched its signature event, the International TECHstyle Art Biennial (ITAB). Returning now for its fourth incarnation, ITAB is a juried exhibition of work by artists merging fiber media with new information and communication technologies in their artistic processes, as a medium of artistic expression, and/or in the content of their work. Leveraging its location in Silicon Valley, ITAB serves as the premiere platform for introducing the work of artists exploring the intersection of fiber and technology to a global community.
Judith Content, Solo Exhibition
January 21, 2019 - April 14, 2019
Palo Alto based artist, Judith Content, explores the essence of image, memory or a moment in time through the process of hand dying and stitched silk. Through discharge dyeing and shibori dyeing techniques, Content's work references the natural landscape with painterly movement and depth.
Kristen Martincic: Swim Club
April 21 - July 14, 2019
Kristen Martincic uses swimwear as a surrogate for the female body, creating paper bathing suits that are a cross between a bathing suit and an underdress, skin and clothing. Social conventions and context play a significant role in how these garments are viewed by others and ourselves. These delicate paper suits talk about the awkwardness of vulnerability and exposure while maintaining a sense of levity.
Momentary & Timeless
April 21- June 2, 2019
Momentary & Timeless invites you to join six Bay Area fiber artists as they explore various ideas through a combination of haiku and the art quilt. Each artist presents a unique style that will draw you into the rhythm of the exhibit. You will be invited to write your own haiku and hang it on a “wishing tree” – a uniquely Japanese tradition.
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.