Gleason Performing Arts Center
This talk examines the pioneering work of artist Miriam Schapiro, who passed away at the age of 91 in 2015, and considers the legacy of her practice in art today. As a leader of the women’s art movement of the 1970s and 80s and a founding member of the Pattern & Decoration movement, Schapiro committed herself to challenging craft’s low cultural status in her work. In particular, she utilized printed textiles, quilt patterns, embroidery, and collage as a way to integrate a personal iconography into her abstract compositions. The legacy of Schapiro’s innovative, subjective approach to abstraction has yet to be fully appreciated, and Auther will also discuss the artist’s work in relation to artists utilizing fiber, ornamentation, and pattern today.
Denius Student Center, Hartley Room
This talk explores the fiber constructions of the emerging, San Francisco-based artist Josh Faught, whose work has garnered attention for its unusual approach to craft, decoration, and sentimentality. Auther’s approach to Faught’s work will also highlight its connection to a longer feminist history of craft initiated in the 1970s by artists such as Miriam Schapiro.
Background image: Josh Faught, It Takes a Lifetime to Get Exactly Where You Are (detail), 2012. 8 x 20 feet. Courtesy of Lisa Cooley Gallery NY.
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