Friday, January 5, 2018

Area Attractions: Upcoming Exhibits at the San Jose Quilt Museum

A Geographical Journey: The Paul J. Smith Textile Collection
January 19 - April 15, 2018
The Director Emeritus of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, Paul J. Smith is an art administrator, curator and artist. He is also a lecturer, juror for craft competitions and consultant for craft and design projects. Involved with craft and design since the 1950s, Smith is well known for his innovative curatorial and exhibition programming in the American Studio Craft Movement, and has presented more than 200 exhibitions since 1963. His exhibitions expanded the public’s appreciation for art, craft and design.
During his career, Smith also collected traditional and ethnographic textiles from Asia, Central and South America, and Africa.  Smith’s personal textile collection, never before exhibited, showcases the beauty of textile traditions worldwide.
Please join SJMQT on January 28, 2018 to hear Paul Smith lecture on “Reflections: Fiber Art History in America” from 2 – 3 pm. Immediately following will be the opening reception from 3 -5pm. Tickets are for sale (Members: $15, Non-members $25) and can be found at:
Without a Net: Susan Else
January 19 - April 15, 2018
Each of Susan Else’s figurative sculptures tells a story, capturing the range of human emotions, routines, dreams and realities. In Without a Net, Else presents an old-fashioned circus and sideshow, using three-dimensional figures to narrate the dark underbelly of the circus. Ten circus-themed pieces, many made specifically for this exhibition, incorporate sound, light and motion, to create alternative universe that is full of contradictions. The power and beauty of the patterned cloth surfaces play off the form and content of the work, and the result is a dynamic seesaw of meanings and possibilities.
Please join SJMQT on Sunday, February 18, 2018 to celebrate “A Day at the Circus,” a free, family-friendly open house celebrating Susan Else’s solo exhibition.  From 11am – 3pm museum visitors will have a chance to experience highlights from the circus such as clowns and performers, music and art making.
Talismanic Tresses: Vien Le Wood
January 19 - April 15, 2018
Award-winning British textile artist and designer, Vien Le Wood is the founder of Gold Spink Studio, a fashion embellishment concept house based in Brooklyn, New York. Le Wood’sexhibition, Talismanic Tresses, is based on her view of human hair which she believes acts as a conductor to our higher consciousness and intuition. In this exhibition she intimately crafted, stitch-by-stitch, piece-by-piece, and layer-by-layer the act of embellishment with an artistic expression. Le Wood believes that in the process of being gifted precious hair and buying discarded hair, an energy exchange is created that sends the message of mortality.
These exhibitions and related programs are supported in part by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation; Silicon Valley Creates, in partnership with the County of Santa Clara and California Arts Council; by a Cultural Affairs grant from the City of San Jose; and the Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association.
Museum and Museum Store hours are: 11:00am-4:00pm Wednesday through Friday; 11:00am-3:00pm Saturday and Sunday; closed Mondays, Tuesdays and major holidays. Admission is $8.00 general; $6.50 students and seniors; and free to Museum members and children 12 and under. Admission is ‘pay what you can’ on the first Friday of each month. The Museum of Quilts & Textiles is located at 520 South First Street in downtown San Jose. For more information, call 408-971-0323 or visit

No comments:

Post a Comment