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A Revolutionary Dinner Party

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Textile Arts Center

505 Carroll Street

Brooklyn, NY 11215

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“A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery; it cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another.”
-Mao Tse-Tung

We disagree. A revolution is a dinner party or rather a dinner party can be a revolution.
The only way to start a revolution is through community and community is often built by sharing food. We have created a template for a revolutionary dinner party- and we need your help to activate it.

You’re invited to join the Revolution.

Revolutionary Dinner Party

It is a template for a revolutionary dinner party.
You are invited to bring your friends and your revolution to the dinner party.
We provide food and discuss how to start a revolution.
It is a collaborative community building event.
You are invited to join the conversation, to share the revolution you want to make.
We provide a safe space for discussion, a set of tools to construct your revolution.
It is a social experiment.
You are invited to express, listen, reflect, and create.
We provide a impetus to practice your revolution.



Revolutionary Dinner Party is a collaboration project of Tiantian Lou and Winnie van der Rijn, part of the programming of Lost/Found, TAC AIR Cycle 10 final exhibition.

We are living through wild times. When there’s so much being lost, our personal becomes political, and political becomes personal.

In “Lost/Found”, a large scale tapestry tells a story of the stranglehold of addiction; the tailored shirt is enlarged, warped, and dismantled, commenting on gender normativity and patriarchal oppression; used garments gain new identities in the form of painterly compositions. An installation of prints playfully explores the idea of “cuteness” and its relation with consumption in a post-internet society; body-centric modular fabric structures propose new solutions for intimacy in domestic spaces. Flesh like knitted forms hang heavily in tension reminding us of the emotional and political challenges women still face in the context of an unwanted pregnancy. A collection of hand knitted and woven works inspired by textile traditions, motherhood and inherited legacies provides a vision of intergenerational dialogue and collaboration. A dinner party table setting incites revolution.

The work featured in Lost/Found results of nine months of questioning and reflection, throughout which the eight artists used textiles to voice their truth, reconnect with their collective history and, collaboratively, find new narratives of empowerment.

Artists in “Lost/Found” are Romina Chuls, Dance Doyle, Familien Iglesias, Tiantian Lou, Erin Palumbo, Noah Pica, Winnie van der Rijn and Shihui Zhou. Learn more about them here.


Exhibition Dates: September 12 - 24, 2019

Opening Reception: September 12, 6-9pm

Gallery Hours: Sat-Thu, 11am-9pm



Lost/Found exhibition is presented in collaboration with The Vanderbilt Republic, with curatorial advisory, technical direction and lighting design by George Del Barrio.

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