Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community
Exhibition dates: January 17 to March 16, 2014
Public Opening: January 17, 2014 6-8 pm
LEADERS IN DESIGN, CRAFT, AND ART TO LEAD EVENTS EXPLORING QUEER THREADS CRAFT EXHIBITION
Queer Threads: Crafting Identity & Community, curated by John Chaich, presents twenty-four artists from around the world who mix fine art traditions with thread-based craft materials and processes—from crochet, embroidery, knitting, and lace to macramé, needlepoint, quilting, and sewing—to remix contemporary gay & lesbian culture.
Queer Threads Programming: To complement ideas and themes in the exhibition, Queer Threads curator John Chaich has arranged a series of intimate artist talks and exclusive gallery tours led by design and craft leaders.
Space is limited for each event and an RSVP/ticket is required.
Tickets are limited to one per person. (Due to the size and nature of the artwork in this exhibition, group size for each event is limited.)
If the event is sold out, you may add your name to the waitlist, you will be contact if space becomes available. Should you find that you are unable to attend after you’ve confirmed a ticket, please cancel your reservation as there is a waitlist for each event.
TALKS AND TOURS:
Talk: Saturday, January 18, 1 pm | Artists Talk
Jai Andrew Carrillo, Aubrey Longley-Cook, Liz Collins, James Gobel and Allyson Mitchell
Talk: Saturday, January 18, 3 pm | Artists Talk
Melanie Braverman, ChiachIo & Giannone, John Thomas Paradiso, and Maria E. Piñeres
Tour: Saturday, February 1, 1 pm | Debbie Stoller, contemporary knitting expert
Stoller is the author of the wildly popular Stitch 'n Bitch knitting and crocheting books, of which there are now 5 in the series. She is also co-founder and editor-in-chief of BUST magazine, which hosts bi-annual BUST Magazine Craftaculars in New York and London. She holds a PhD from Yale University in the Psychology of Women. www.knithappens.com
Talk: Saturday, February 8, 1 pm | Artists Talk
Rebecca Levi, L.J Roberts, Buzz Slutzky, and Nathan Vincent
Talk: Thursday, February 20, 7 pm | Artists Talk
Chris Bogia, Jesse Harrod, Larry Krone, Aaron McIntosh, and Sheila Pepe
Tour: Thursday March 6, 7 pm | Todd Oldham, interdisciplinary designer
In addition to his notable contributions to fashion, interior and product design, Oldham most recently created the Kid Made Modern craft book and products line. www.toddoldhamstudio.com
Tour: Saturday, March 8, 1 pm | Costello Tagliapietra, fashion designers
Acclaimed womenswear designers Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra not only are collectors of
craft-based art, but also are the muses to a series of work by San Francisco-based artist James Gobel, whose painting Fitting No. 1 featuring the duo is on view in Queer Threads. www.costellotagliapietra.com
Talk: Saturday, March 8, 4 pm | Artists Talk: Julia Bryan-Wilson, PhD
Leading queer craft scholar Julia Bryan-Wilson, PhD, Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art in the History of Art Department at UC Berkeley, will lead an informal talk and walk-through of Queer Threads. She will respond to the exhibition and share insights from her forthcoming book, Crisis Craft: Handmade Art and Activism since 1970, and her ongoing research interests in artistic labor, feminism, queer theory, and textile handicraft.
Talk: Thursday, March 13, 7 pm , | Artists Talk: AIDS and Queer craft
Presented in partnership with Visual AIDS, Toronto-based artist Jessica Whitbread and Brooklyn-based artist LJ Roberts will explore how HIV/AIDS activism uniquely inspired their featured work in Queer Threads.
Image: L.J. Roberts, The Queer Houses of Brooklyn in the Three Towns of Breukelen, Boswyck,and Midwout during the 41st Year of the Stonewall Era, (based on a 2010 drawing by Daniel Rosza Lang/Levitsky with 24 illustrations by Buzz Slutzky on printed pin-back buttons), 2011, Poly-fill, acrylic, rayon, Lurex, wool, polyester, cotton lame, sequins, and blended fabrics, 138 x 114 x 108 in. Courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Elaine Reuben. Photo credit: The Smithsonian American Art Museum.
When & Where
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art is the first and only dedicated LGBTQ art museum in the world with a mission to exhibit and preserve LGBTQ art, and foster the artists who create it. The Museum has a permanent collection of over 24,000 objects, 6-8 major exhibitions annually, artist talks, film screenings, readings, a quarterly art newsletter, a membership program, and a research library.
The Leslie-Lohman Museum began as the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation, a non-profit founded in 1987 by Charles W. Leslie and Fritz Lohman who have supported LGBTQ artists for over 30 years. The Leslie-Lohman Museum embraces the rich creative history of the LGBTQ art community by educating, informing, inspiring, entertaining and challenging all who enter its doors.