Loom and Shuttle Guild
de Young Museum ( http://deyoung.famsf.org/exhibitions)
On the Grid: Textile and Minimalism, Wais and Knowles Costume and Textile Arts Galleries, June 23, 2016 – April 2, 2017
The South Sumatran Ship Cloth, The Gallery of Oceanic Arts, April 2, 2016 – February 12, 2017
San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles
October 7-January 15, 2017: Hmong Story Cloths: Stitching a History. From the SJMQT site: “Chronicling the lives of the Hmong people of Laos, Story Cloths are vibrant and intricate needlework that developed out of refugee camps following the Vietnam War. As an alternative to written language, village women would stitch cloth at night to document and communicate the story of their daily lives: collecting water, harvesting, transforming hemp into fabric and also the highlights of their lives: escaping a great flood, New Year festivities, and marriage rituals. The story cloths offer an intimate view into the cultural legacy and resilience of the Hmong people.”
October 7-January 15, 2017: The California Art Quilt Revolution:
From the Summer of Love to the New Millennium. From the SJMQT site:
“In the last decades of the 20th century, California quilt makers charted new territory in quilt making, leading the nation in creativity and innovation. During the 1970s and
1980s, California artists were among the first to embrace the quilt medium as their
primary means of expression. More traditional quilt makers also expanded horizons,
creating original designs based on traditional quilt patterns. This exhibition includes
works by pioneers of the art quilt movement such as Jean Ray Laury, Yvonne
Porcella, Joan Schulze and Therese May, who pushed the boundaries of what could be
called a quilt, and highlights late 20th and 21st century artists working in the quilt
November 30, 2016 – January 15, 2017: Anything Goes: An Exhibit of Art Cloth Network. Check the website for more information.
January 20 – April 17, 2017. American Tapestry Biennial. Check the website for additional information.
January 20-April 17, 2017. Line DuFour: Fate Destiny and Self Determination. Check website for more information.
January 20 – April 7, 2017. Lia Cook Retrospective. Check website for more information.
March 8 – April 17, 2017. Embedded Pattern: Three Approaches. Deborah Corsini, Alex Friedman, Michael Rhode. Check website for more information.
San Jose Museum of Art (http://sjmusart.org/)
October 8-February 19, 2017: Beauty: Cooper
Hewitt Design Triennial. From the museum’s site: “SJMA is the only West Coast venue for the latest global overview of design today, the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s popular contemporary design triennial. The New York Times heralded the exhibition as “an exciting opportunity to meditate on the perennially confounding questions: What is beauty? And what is it good for?” With projects ranging from experimental prototypes and interactive games to fashion and architectural structures made feasible by material innovations and nanotechnology, “Beauty” will feature more than 200 works by 63 designers from
around the globe.”
Museum of Craft and Design (http://www.sfmcd.org)
Until January 22, 2017. Marianne Lettieri: Reflections. From the museum’s site: “Using collections and memory as ways to work through current social and political contexts, Marianne Lettieri’s Reflections contextualizes overlooked relics of home making. The ritual of repetitive acts and the accumulation of objects in the domestic sphere each create a physical reminder of the passage of time. Lettieri presents vintage and Victorian tools of domestic labor in new configurations, reinforcing the perpetual flux and interconnectedness of life and communities through time. “Lettieri celebrates the past lives of the objects used in her sculptures. Leaving the patina of age and the visible traces of the personalities who once owned the objects, the objects come to be known in the present with a physical marker of their past. While the materials and processes used in this body of work change, they are linked by formal concerns and content. Lettieri’s arrangements are orderly, elegant and economical, relating back to the overarching theme of domestic labor that leads the content of work.”
February 4-June 4, 2017: Felt Decoded: Wool Felt: Nature’s Technology. From the museum’s site: “From lacy wisps of wool to supple fabric to rocklike slabs – wool FELT is a textile of extremes. It is an extraordinary material with humble origins that has been an integral part of human life for millennia. It is a story of survival, sustainability, and evolution of a fabric and tradition so old it has become new again. “Exploring wool as Nature’s Technology is the premise of this exhibition, which will decode the process and analyze the science to reveal the unexpected beauty and versatility of wool FELT. “FELT DeCoded represents a comprehensive collection of work by Janice Arnold. Her work is informed by wool as a raw fiber, intrinsic in the practice of making FELT – a textile that represents the wisdom of our nomadic past – living in harmony with the earth. This textile is being rediscovered and reimagined as a fabric of the future for sustainability in industry, architecture, apparel and the arts.”
February 11-June 4, 2017: Wendy Maruyama: The Wildlife Project. Check the website for more information.
Asian Art Museum (http://www.asianart.org/exhibitions)
Bellevue Arts Museum (http://www.bellevuearts.org/)
Bren Ahearn will have his first solo museum show, entitled Strategies for Survival at the the Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA, June 10, 2016-January 2017. Bren will give a gallery tour and talk on Saturday, June 11 at noon.
Oakland Museum of California (http:www.museumca.org)
December 2, 2016 – April 2, 2017: Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture. Check website for more information
The Textile Museum, Washington DC (https://museum.gwu.edu/)
November 30, 2016 – January 30, 2017: Bingata! Only in Okinawa. Check website for more information.