Societies throughout history have used fiber media to convey ideas for cultural touchstones, ritual vestments, and for practical uses such as clothing, tapestries and floor coverings. Today's fiber artists draw from both traditional and contemporary methods as a launch pad to create their own expressions of the materials and techniques to portray modern concepts.
Threads That Bind (When the Fabric of Social Culture Unravels), a national juried exhibition at the BWAC Gallery in Red Hook, Brooklyn, strives to present the depth and breadth of what is happening now in the world of fiber art. "The artists chosen by our juror, Stacy C. Hollander, represent the use of a myriad of techniques and materials from the traditional to the avant garde," states curator Alicia Degener.
The timing of this exhibition could not have arrived at a more pivotal point in our history. Although it may appear that the “fabric of our existence” is under pressure by divisions that threaten to rend our connections, this show is a creative statement announcing that, like patches in a giant mosaic quilt, we are more beautiful together because of our differences.
Our strength lies in the Threads That Bind.
This exhibition is on view at the BWAC Gallery, 481 Van Brunt Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY 11231 from Sunday, September 12 to Sunday, October 17, 2021. The gallery is open Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 6 pm. Current City of New York mandate (Executive Order 225) requires proof of vaccination for entry.
About the Juror
Stacy C. Hollander served as Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs, Chief Curator, and Director of Exhibitions at the American Folk Art Museum until 2019. During her tenure, Hollander curated and co-curated numerous original, critically acclaimed exhibitions including American Perspectives: Stories from the Collection (2020); Charting the Divine Plan: The Art of Orra White Hitchcock (17961863) (2018), War and Pieced: The Annette Gero Collection of Quilts from Military Fabrics (2017), alt_quilts: Sabrina Gschwandtner, Luke Haynes, Stephen Sollins (2013), Securing the Shadow: Posthumous Portraiture in America (2016), Self-Taught Genius (2015), and notably The Seduction of Light: Mark Rothko | Ammi Phillip: Compositions in Pink, Green, and Red (2008). She has published on a wide range of folk art topics in magazines, scholarly journals, catalogs, and encyclopedias, and has lectured in the United States and abroad. Hollander received her BA from Barnard College, Columbia University, and her MA in American Folk Art Studies from New York University.