Curated by Dr. Michelle Joan Wilkinson, the museum’s director of collections and exhibitions, Material Girls celebrates accomplished women artists whose sculptures, installations and mixed-media assemblages incorporate both traditional and unexpected art-making materials. Using hair, beads, tissue paper, rubber tires, plastic and other materials, the artists craft provocative forms and intricate surfaces that play on unique cultural meanings, personal memories and social agendas.
July 15, 2011 – September 18, 2011
Soulful Stitching: Patchwork Quilts by Africans (Siddis) in India features 32 striking patchwork quilts made by Siddi women, heirs to the culture and values of Africans brought to Goa on India’s west coast beginning in the 16th century. While they have adopted and integrated many cultural aspects of the Indian peoples with whom they have lived for generations, Siddis have also retained and transformed certain cultural and artistic traditions from Africa. Soulful Stitching provides an opportunity to explore the African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean World through these colorful and vibrant quilts that demonstrate how cultural forms and traditions have been adapted throughout the Diaspora.
One Day incorporates hundreds of plastic sleeves used to protect delivered newspapers, collected over an extended period of time by the artist’s friends and family. Colella cut the sleeves into strips, spun them into fiber, and then crocheted them into an organic form that she sees as “a symbol of hope, incremental growth, and time’s forward march.”
Take the time to visit this exhibition, it is small but worth it.