A few (of the many!) Summer/Fall tapestry events

On August 1-5, 2011, Navajo weaver Marilou Schultz is offering a workshop called “Weaving in the Pines” at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ . For more information visit http://www.navajorugsart.com or call Marilou at (480) 332-2906.

On Saturday, August 6, 2011, author Ann Hedlund will give an illustrated talk, “Louise Nevelson and Archie Brennan: From Collage to Tapestry,” to the Santa Barbara Fibers Arts Guild in California. For more information, contact Jeanette Warren at artery2@verizon.net . On Wednesday, September 14, 2011, she will speak about Gloria Ross’s tapestry career in the “Lunch & Learn” program at WILL (Western Institute of Lifelong Learning) in Silver City, NM. On Wednesday evening, October 13, 2011, she will present “Gloria Ross & Modern Tapestry: Evolution of a Unique Arts Career” at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. For details, go to www.tapestrystudies.wordpress.org and visit the Events page.

The Amerind Foundation’s next weaving workshop with Navajo weavers Barbara Ornelas and Lynda Pete is scheduled for Oct. 31 – Nov. 4, 2011, with a warping workshop scheduled on Nov. 5. Lodging and meals at the Amerind in Dragoon, AZ, are available for participants. For more information, contact Carol at ccharnley@amerind.com

For other indigenous weaving workshops, visit Mary Walker’s website and http://www.weavinginbeauty.com/instruction.html . There are many from which to choose!

Planning for the upcoming 13th Biennial Symposium of the Textile Society of America TEXTILES AND POLITICS, to be held on September 19-22, 2012, in Washington, DC, is underway. TSA has announced that the online submission process for the CALL FOR PAPERS with a deadline of October 1, 2011, is now available at www.textilesociety.org.

CIETA (Centre International d’Etude des Textiles Anciens) will convene its General Assembly in Copenhagen, Denmark, on October 3-6, 2011. Watch for more information about this conference at http://www.cieta.fr/ .

For MANY other tapestry-related events around the country and world, visit the websites, join the memberships, and subscribe to the newsletters of the American Tapestry Alliance and the Textile Society of America.

Exciting international initiatives inaugurated

From Budapest, Hungary, Mr. Laszlo Valy and Ms. Ibolya Hegi have inaugurated several new Facebook initiatives that advance the cause of contemporary international tapestry weavers: https://www.facebook.com/Web.of.Europe and a closed Tapestry discussion group (for access, write to tapestryart@groups.facebook.com or tapestry@freemail.hu). Both projects are gaining attention from worldwide audiences. Congratulations to the organizers!

‘VIVE LA TAPISSERIE’

An exhibition of small format tapestries by S.T.A.R.* (Scottish Tapestry Artists Regrouped), titled ‘VIVE LA TAPISSERIE,’ will be shown at GALERIE LA TOUR MONTSALES, 12260 AVEYRON, FRANCE.

All exhibitors are past students or staff of the tapestry department of Edinburgh College of Art. Some makers have departed from the flat tapestry route but all acknowledge the debt they owe the Gobelin tradition.

16 July -  18 August 2011, every day 15 - 19h. Entry free. Bilingual full colour catalogue available - 5€ plus p+p Galerie la Tour, 12260 Montsalès, France

The full list of exhibitors is Sara Brennan, Amanda Gizzi, Linda Green, Fiona Hutchison, William Jefferies, Jo McDonald, Susan Mowatt, Paul R Penrice, Elizabeth Radcliffe, Anna Ray, Joanne Soroka, Lesley Stothers and Méabh Warburton.

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Heard Museum programs continue . . .

. . . with the last two lectures in a series that accompanies the current exhibition, A Turning Point: Navajo Weaving in the Late 20th Century. Both illustrated lectures and an exciting workshop take place in the Encanto Room, at the Heard Museum in central Phoenix.

INTERWAR DYE REVIVALS and the Transition to a Fine-Art Market in Navajo Weaving”

Sunday, March 20, 2 pm - Dr. Jennifer McClerran focuses on the privately funded and government-sponsored vegetal dye–revival projects of the 1930s and 1940s. An examination of these revival initiatives demonstrates their role in Navajo weaving’s transition to the fine-art market.

As the World Turns: NAVAJO WEAVING JOINS THE ART WORLD”

Sunday, March 27, 2 pm - Curator Dr. Ann Hedlund will discuss the transition of Navajo weaving from home-grown craft to museum-quality art, as illustrated by the textiles featured in A Turning Point: Navajo Weaving in the Late 20th Century. She will underscore some of the growing trends among Native weavers/artists today.

In addition, don’t miss:

Heard Museum GUILD SHOP WORKSHOP

Monday, March 28, 1 pm - Acclaimed Navajo weaver D.Y. Begay will demonstrate the creation of art from textiles. Call Norma Jean Coulter at 602.279.7105 or e-mail njstar@cox.net for information.

For Heard Museum details, visit its lecture listings.

Heard Museum to exhibit Navajo textiles

A Turning Point: Navajo Weaving in the Late 20th Century features thirty-six textiles that epitomize the gradual change that took place in Navajo weaving from the 1970s into the 1990s, as a traditional craft transformed to include name artists exploring new aesthetics and showing in urban galleries.

Open to the public from February 5 through May 22, 2011, the exhibition draws from the renowned Santa Fe Collection, which was recently gifted by Dr. Charles and Linda Rimmer to the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. Among the premier Navajo weavers represented with work on the gallery walls are Barbara Ornelas and her aunt Margaret Yazzie; Ella Rose Perry; Sarah Paul Begay; Lilly Touchin; Genevieve Shirley; the late Elsie Wilson and her sister Sadie Curtis; Jason Harvey; Winnie James (aka Martha Smith); the late Larry Yazzie; and other accomplished artists.

This show examines how the perception of Navajo weaving as an art form grew out of the sociopolitical context of the twentieth century, particularly the civil rights movement of the 1960s, when Indian self-determination, Native sovereignty, the concept of the individual artist and the power of artistic expression gained prominence.”

For more about this exhibition, curated by anthropologist and textile expert Dr. Ann Lane Hedlund, and a related lecture series during Winter/Spring 2011, visit the Museum’s website by clicking HERE. For more about Dr. Hedlund’s lecture at the Heard on March 27, click HERE. Also, look for Hedlund’s fully illustrated essay about this splendid collection in the Spring 2011 issue of American Indian Art magazine.

GFR Tapestries coming to NYC gallery!

GLORIA F. ROSS: REBIRTH OF MODERN TAPESTRY will run at Jane Kahan Fine Art, 330 East 59th St., from 15 February through 25 March 2011. Special hours for this show are Tuesday through Friday 10 am – 5 pm. Jane Kahan Fine Art is otherwise open by appointment only. The main Jane Kahan Gallery is located at 922 Madison Avenue (73rd Street).

The Jane Kahan Gallery will open its new exhibition space with a show devoted to more than a dozen rare tapestries by American artists, edited by Gloria F. Ross.

To read more about the exhibition and its opening on Friday, February 11, click HERE.

For more about Ann Hedlund’s lecture at the gallery on Thursday, February 17, click HERE.

Also, save April 15 for a panel discussion in New York, featuring Archie Brennan, Grace Glueck and Ann Hedlund on “Tapestry as Modern Art” at SOFA-NYC - click HERE.

California talks/booksignings cancelled

It is with great regret that we announce the cancellation of three lectures originally scheduled during January 2011 in California. Speaker Ann Hedlund has sustained a back injury that prevents her from traveling in the near future. Please visit www.tapestrystudies.wordpress.com for other plans as they evolve.

  • Cancelled: Saturday, January 8, 2011, 10 am – “Louise Nevelson and Archie Brennan: From Collage to Tapestry,” lecture/presentation, Santa Barbara Fiber Arts Guild, Santa Barbara, California.
  • Cancelled: Saturday, January 15, 2011, 10:30 am – “Tapestries Made After Paintings: From the Dovecot to Ganado, from Brennan to Begay,” lecture/presentation, Tapestry Weavers West, Sausalito, California.
  • Cancelled: Sunday, January 16, 2011, 2:oo pm – “Louise Nevelson and Archie Brennan: From Collage to Tapestry,” lecture/book-signing, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose, California.

The Making of a Medieval Tapestry

Tina Kane’s new book, The Troyes Mémoire: The Making of a Medieval Tapestry, has been published by Boydell & Brewer. To read more about it, click HERE. To order the book, click HERE. Congratulations to Tina on this great accomplishment!!!

New website for book launched!

To learn more about our new book, Gloria F. Ross & Modern Tapestry, please visit our brand new and continually evolving website - http://tapestrystudies.wordpress.com/. We look forward to receiving your comments.

Textile Society features tapestry programs

The 12th Biennial Symposium of the Textile Society of American will be held on October 5-9, 2010, in Lincoln, Nebraska. There is a program and schedule at this link. Highlights regarding tapestry studies include:

Thursday, Oct. 7, 1:30 - 3:15 PM
Session 3 Negotiating the Handmade in a Cyber World—Arbor I (organized session)
Mary Lane, chair and discussant
> 1. Abetting the Handmade; Rebecca Stevens
> 2. Handwork as a Conceptual Strategy; Jane Kidd
> 3. Woven Images: All Techniques Considered; Tommye Scanlin
> 4. Future Reliquaries; Barbara Heller

Thursday, Oct. 7, GALLERY NIGHT
5:30-9:45 Buses circulate every 15-20 minutes from The Cornhusker Marriott to Galleries
American Tapestry Biennial 8 (ATB8) Reception, Elder Gallery, Nebraska Wesleyan University

Friday, Oct. 8, 10:15-12:00 PM
Session 3 From the Physical to the Metaphysical—Arbor I
> 1. The Landscape Tapestries of Louise Nevelson, 1972-1997; Ann Lane Hedlund (followed by 3 others papers on various topics)

Friday, Oct. 8, 2:00-4:30 PM
Site Seminar 2: University of Nebraska State Museum, the Cooper Gallery at Morrill Hall Exhibition: “A Turning Point: Navajo Weaving in the Late Twentieth Century.” Weaving demonstrations by Navajo weavers Martha Schultz, Lola S. Cody and Melissa Cody. [Exhibit is open Oct. 1 through Nov. 30, see below]

Saturday, Oct. 9, 1:30-3:15 PM
Session 3 Tapestry: Voices From the Past Lead into the Future—
Arbor I (organized session) Susan Iverson, chair and discussant
> 1. Geometric Abstraction in Pre-Columbian Tapestry and its Enduring Influence; Susan Iverson
> 2. Development of a Personal and Non-Pictorial Style in Contemporary Tapestry; Michael Rohde
> 3. Contemporary Interpretation of an Unusual Navajo Weaving Technique; Connie Lippert
> 4. Low Tech Transmission: European Tapestry to High Tech America; Christine Laffer

Hope to see many participants in Lincoln next week!