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2013 Schedule of Exhibitions

by Judith Content

Bridezilla (2005)
by Noel Palomo-Lovinski
Duchess satin, tulle, pearls
Fiber-reactive dye, printed on digital paper. 106” X 44”"

Marital Bliss
Marital Bliss
Paula Chung

Birthing Bed
Birthing Bed
Ruth Tabancay

May 8 – July 21, 2013
Milestones: Textiles of Transition

June 2: Members Walkthrough 1-2pm. Opening Reception 2-4pm. or call 408-971-0323 x 14.

Presenting Sponsor of Milestones: Textiles of Transition and Threads of Love: Baby Carriers from China’s Minority Nationalities: Applied Materials Foundation

Applied Materials Foundation

These exhibitions and related programs are funded in part by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation; Arts Council Silicon Valley in partnership with the County of Santa Clara; the City of San José; and the Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association.

Milestones: Textiles of Transition explores how historic and contemporary textiles have been created for and continue to signify moments of transition—birth, marriage, and death, among others—and the unique bond these textiles have with our universal human experience. As material objects they play an important role in all of our life passages, either as utilitarian objects, or as ceremonial and symbolic pieces.

Milestones: Textiles of Transition seeks to facilitate a dialog between the traditional commemorative or functional textiles and modern interpretations of these familiar experiences by contemporary artists. Comprised of approximately forty objects, the exhibition includes a wide variety of textiles including historic baby and wedding quilts, ethnographic works such as kuba velvets and bani guili beadwork (worn during puberty rites) and provocative quilts, sculptures, and installations by contemporary artists pursuing these timeless themes.

In a series of lovely vignettes, Luminarium Dance Company’s Threading Motion Project artfully merges projected art quilts with dance performances. Two of the quilts are by local SF Bay Area fiber artists Judith Content and Sonya Lee Barrington. You can view a clip of the film here.

Some highlights from the exhibition include:

• Historic textiles from the museum’s and private collections such as baby quilts, double wedding ring quilts, and quilts with specific wedding-related provenance.
• Bridezilla, a contemporary wedding dress by Noël Palomo-Lovinski, commenting on problems and preoccupations facing today’s brides contrasts with a traditional lace bride’s dress.
• The Scream Within by Linda Friedman Schmidt, speaking to the rapid transitions and frustrations of infancy
• Bonne Nuit, a colorful Day of the Dead-inspired skeleton quilt by Wendeanne Ke’aka Stitt, narrating a touching and personal homage to her friends who have passed on
• A selection of Kuba cloth (African raffia textiles from a private collection) usually exhibited in large stacks at funerals to show the accumulation of wealth of an individual
• Beverly Rayner’s powerful installation Accretion, a sculpted coat with a long train of ephemera— cards, mementos, and notes of an individual, this heartrending piece looks at a lifetime of memory with this collection of things we leave behind
• Mary Mazziotti’s playful and foreboding embroidered vintage clothing that offers homilies about death and reminds us that life is fragile and death is the ultimate destination.
• Deidre Scherer’s sensitively chronicled series, The Last Year, portrays the final record in the life of an elderly woman

Contemporary artists featured include: Paula Chung, Susan Else, Kate Kretz, Victoria May, Mary Mazziotti, Stephanie Metz, Noël Palomo-Lovinski, Erica Spitzer Rasmussen, Beverly Raynor, Deidre Scherer, Linda Friedman Schmidt, Wendeanne Ke’aka Stitt, Ruth Tabancay, Angie Wilson, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Lisa Sipes and Luminarium Dance Company

Baby Carrier
Zhuang Minority Nationality, Yunnan province.
Indigo dyed cotton, silk embroidery, applique, and metallic ribbon,
30 ˝” x 35”
Private collection, People’s Republic of China

May 8 – July 21, 2013
Threads of Love: Baby Carriers from China’s Minority Nationalities

Threads of Love: Baby Carriers from China’s Minority Nationalities, presents the rich folk art tradition of hand-embroidered baby carriers from the minority nationalities of southwestern China. Originally on view last year at Indiana University and curated by Judy Stubbs, along with guest curator Herman Mast, the exhibit highlights the symbolic decorations traditionally used to embellish these otherwise utilitarian, though lovingly made textiles. Auspicious symbols connote good luck, good fortune, happy marriage, and longevity. This selection of baby carriers is drawn from the Miao (known as Hmong in their native language), Zhuang, Yao, and Shui nationalities from China’s southwestern provinces of Yunnan, Guizhou, and Guangxi, They are on loan from the private collection of Mr. Yu Yawan, of Nanning, China.

June 2: Members Walk-through 1pm to 2pm. Opening Reception 2pm to 4pm. Please RSVP to