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 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.