Past Exhibitions

Tangled: Fiber Art Now!

Saturday, August 05, 2017 - Sunday, February 11, 2018

Featuring several contemporary artists who are redefining how we perceive fiber arts such as weaving, quilting and felting, Tangled will feature sculptures, installations and performance works using fiber-based materials. It’s an eclectic mix highlighting our connections to nature, the richness and diversity of our culture, our body and our environment through artists who are revolutionizing the use of textiles and fiber. Textile art, which encompasses embroidery, fiber art, knitting, crochet, and carpet design has its roots in the invention of weaving some 27,000 years ago. It is one of the oldest forms of human technology. Now artists are using fiber art to both define and challenge current social/political issues such as gender, notions of family and women’s work as well as the experimentation of materials that may not necessarily be defined under the rubric of fiber such as bones, pearlized pins, recycled bags, and 3D fabrication. Pairing established artists with emerging figures, Tangled will explore new horizons being developed at this very moment in fiber art while redefining how we perceive this ancient art form.

Tangled features artists Meg Arsenovic, Alice Beasley, Rena Detrixhe, Angela Ellsworth, Jimmy McBride, Caitlin McCormack, Mark Newport, Kristin Skees, Ben Venom, Megan Whitmarsh, and Xawery Wolski.

Tangled: Fiber Art Now! is curated by Amy G. Moorefield, Taubman Museum of Art Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Collections. This exhibition will be on view from August 5, 2017 through February 11, 2018 in the Medical Facilities of America Gallery and the Temporary Exhibition Gallery.



Above image:

Angela Ellsworth (American, Contemporary) Seer Bonnet XXIV (Sister Sarah) and Seer Bonnet XXV (Sister Maria) (detail), 2016
33,407 pearl corsage pins, fabric, steel, 65" x 48" x 24", (Inv# 5792), Courtesy of Lisa Sette Gallery

Images left to right, top to bottom:

Angela Ellsworth (American, Contemporary), They Long to Be (detail), 2015, 26,477 pearl corsage pins, fabric, steel, 18" x 27" x 13", (Inv# 5583), Courtesy of Lisa Sette Gallery

Meg Arsenovic (American, Contemporary), Us/Them (blue), 2017, Faux fur on panel, 5" x 3" x 2", Courtesy of the Artist

Megan Whitmarsh (American, Contemporary), Studio Installation (detail), 2017, Site specific installation, assorted fabric and textiles, Courtesy of the Artist

Mark Newport (American, Contemporary), Patriotman, 2004, Hand knit acrylic and buttons, 80" x 23" x 6", Courtesy of the Artist

Kristin Skees (American, Contemporary), Bertie (detail), 2017, Inkjet print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Paper, 24" x 36", Courtesy of the Artist

Alice Beasley (American, Contemporary), No Vote, No Voice (detail), 2014, Quilt composed of cotton and silk fabrics, 60” x 36”, Sibila Savage Photography

Jimmy McBride (American, Contemporary) M1 V2 (The Crab Nebula), 2007-2011, Hand and machine quilted with hand embroidery, Courtesy of the Artist

Caitlin McCormack (American, Contemporary), Mansion of Prodigies (detail), 2015, Crocheted cotton string, glue, velvet, steel pins, antique chest of drawers, 32.25”h x 36”w x 12”d, Courtesy of Paradigm Gallery + Studio

Ben Venom (American, Contemporary), Shot in the Dark (detail), 2016, Hand-made quilt with recycled fabric, 41” x 65”, Courtesy of the Artist and Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Rena Detrixhe (American, Contemporary), Red Dirt Rug, 2017, Site-specific installation containing red dirt from Oklahoma, 9' x 7',  Courtesy of the Artist