Millwheel Signature Quilt, 1844, Unknown maker Gift of Lea Russo and Bruce Berman, 2016.500.001

Millwheel Signature Quilt, 1844, Unknown maker

Gift of Lea Russo and Bruce Berman, 2016.500.001

Expressions of Identity: 40th Anniversary Exhibition

October 20, 2017 - January 14, 2018

 All galleries excluding porcella gallery

Inserting one's identity is inherent in the process of an artist and their body of work. As San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles celebrates its 40th year, we reflect on our own identity and highlight pieces from the permanent collection acquired in the last five years. 


Identity Tapestry at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, 2011

Identity Tapestry at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, 2011

Identity Tapestry: Mary Corey March

October 15, 2017 - January 14, 2018

hallway

Through a variety of mediums, artist Mary Corey March explores questions of individuality, humanity, data, and expression. March’s participatory installation Identity Tapestry will enlist SJMQT visitors in creating a portrait of our community.  

Participants choose a ball of yarn to trace along the framework of statements pinned to the wall. These statements begin with basic biographical information, such as “I am a woman,” but splinter off into more complex facets of identity: “I have seen someone dying,” “I stop to enjoy a beautiful moment,” “I am fortunate.” Connecting point to point with their yarn, participants trace out the paths of their identities, making visible the ways in which we are the same and different from one another. In each of its locations, including San Francisco, Pepperdine University, Southern Vermont College, and Pfäffikon, Switzerland, Identity Tapestry thus becomes a work of art as unique as the people who contribute to it.


Image:                                                                                                                Marianne Lettieri, Somewhat There (detail), 2017

Image:                                                                                                                Marianne Lettieri, Somewhat There (detail), 2017


Juncture 1: 40th Anniversary sjmqt member's exhibition

October 20, 2017-November 26, 2017

 pORCELLA GALLERY

Now in its fortieth year, the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles is at a juncture in time, where we can both reflect on the past and look forward to the future. A juncture can also be an intersection of place or events, often one laden with symbolic potential: In many folk traditions, junctures as represented by crossroads are a potent metaphor for transition. Though a juncture can be a time for reflection, the word can also describe a critical moment or crisis that demands immediate action. With the concept as their point of departure, artists may take the exhibitions theme for "juncture" where it leads them. 

 

jUNCTURE 2: 40TH ANNIVERSARY SJMQT MEMBER'S EXHIBITION

noVEMBER 29, 2017 - JANUARY 14, 2018

pORCELLA GALLERY


Image: Paul J. Smith Photo Credit: Kate Fox

Image:

Paul J. Smith

Photo Credit: Kate Fox

A Geographical Journey: The Paul J. Smith Textile Collection

jANUARY 19 - APRIL 15, 2018

TURNER AND Gilliland galleries

Director Emeritus of the Museum of Arts and Design in NY, Paul J. Smith is most noted for his groundbreaking curatorial works in the America Studio Craft Movement. During his career, he collected traditional and ethnographic textiles during his world travels that have never been exhibited before.


Above the Boardwalk, 2007 65 x 50 x 25" Collaged and quilted cloth over armature, motorized, with audio

Above the Boardwalk, 2007

65 x 50 x 25"

Collaged and quilted cloth over armature, motorized, with audio

WITHOUT A NET: SUSAN ELSE

January 20 - April 15, 2018

Finlayson Gallery

As a fabric sculptor, Santa Cruz-based artist Susan Else pushes the boundaries of the studio art quilt movement by integrating sound, light and motors with colorful, stitched figures. In her solo exhibition Without a Net, Else explores the theatrical awe and dark underbelly of the circus.