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Sew What?

On view:

Exhibiting Artists

Louise Bourgeois, Adrian Esparza, Eliza Kentridge, Larissa Mellor, Timothy Paul Myers, Sheila Pepe, Robb Putnam, Alicia Scardetta, Susan Beallor-Snyder, Nathan Vincent

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Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) presents Sew What? on view in the Cynthia C. Wainwright Gallery. This exhibition takes textile arts as its starting point and includes contemporary artists whose work transforms the material of fiber. Sew What? revels in the diversity of textiles, and how these materials are transformed through various techniques by contemporary artists.

The word textile, from Latin texere, means to weave, to braid, to construct. Most textile arts begin with twisting or spinning and plying fiber to make yarn (called thread when it is very fine and rope when it is very heavy). The yarn is then knotted, looped, braided or woven to make flexible fabric or cloth, and cloth can be used to make clothing and soft objects. Techniques of dyeing, printing, embroidery, needlework, knitting, quilting and sewing all are a part of textile arts.

Often connecting significant personal and cultural narratives, the artists in Sew What? move across temporal and spatial boundaries, connecting old and new ideas, just as they provide important links between people, places and ways of life. Bringing together a diverse range of contemporary works, Sew What? celebrates the ways in which contemporary artists explore and extend the textile and fiber medium.

How-To Videos Inspired by the Exhibition

Created by CMA Teaching Artists in conjunction with arts education professionals, CMA curriculum guides draw connections between interdisciplinary themes in contemporary art exhibits and classroom learning by using contextual information and reflective practices.

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Programs at Children’s Museum of the Arts are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

Also on view

    Pepperman Family Fine Arts Studio Interactive Weaving Wall

    In conjunction with the gallery exhibition Sew What?, museum visitors can collaborate to design original weavings on the Pepperman Family Fine Art Studio’s interactive weaving wall. Each guest will enjoy the feel of yarn through their hands, the meditative quality of repetition, and the triumphs of color and texture as they participate in an impromptu weaving!

    Front Window New Life for Old Things

    View specialty objects and garments made by Cecilia Margarita de Corral in the CMA Front Window! De Corral uses traditional hand work techniques such as quilting, weaving, and embroidery in the hopes of fostering a curiosity as to how objects are made. Each item is absolutely unique. De Corral uses primarily repurposed textiles, which give new lives to fabrics with long histories. All items are pieced together, quilted, hemmed, and finished by hand with an infinite amount of care and time.

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