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Saturday, January 27, 2007

Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting

Today's New York Times has a review of a museum exhibit on needlecraft "article". The exhibit is "Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting" and is at the Museum of Art and Design in Manhattan through June 17th. This entry title links to the Museum's page on the exhibit.
The review of the exhibit is full of things of interest, I think I'd like to go and see this exhibit. However, the article is also negative, the reviewer evidently didn't find much "radical" or "subversive". One piece she did find to qualify is a crocheted piece! Read on:
"The works most in keeping with the show’s politically charged title are more interactive and collective, or more related to performance. For example, Cat Mazza’s collectively crocheted “Nike Blanket Petition,” a campaign against sweatshop practices represented here in a series of photographs, will be sent to Nike’s corporate headquarters."
This reviewer also mentions some artists she feels should have been included -
"So many more artists might have been included whose work explores the social aspects of knitting and lace or who more radically recast these forms: Simon Perotin, of the punk-doily creations; the artisans in the Church of Craft; Ms. Zittel; Ms. Auerbach;, Mr. Drain; and so on."
I'm on a Google search to find out more.
There are also public events and weekend workshops related to the exhibit. Several of the events were Jan. 25th, opening day. However, this Monday's should be fun - an "edible lace high tea" with an artist who is a food designer. The lace is made of tiles of different kinds of chocolate! There's a lace I can love!
Workshops involve scale "room-sized artworks and miniature sculptures"; structure from nature; fiber-arts techniques and personal expression; tatting, finger knitting, felting; fibers and figures - mathematics. So I've found 2 workshops that I'd like to go to, first the March 4th Making Ends Meet - relationships between artists and their work; and second the June 3rd Fibers and Figures - "learn how art and math unite in fiber artworks to create beauty for our everyday lives".


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