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Mending: Craft and Community—Selections from the Museum’s Collection December 8, 2018–October 20, 2019


Nick Cave - Soundsuit

Nick Cave, Soundsuit, 2011, found rugs and mixed media, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by Barbara and Michael Gamson in memory of Peter C. Marzio. © Nick Cave, courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Therman Statom, Glass House, 1994/98, glass and paint, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Leatrice S. and Melvin B. Eagle Collection, Museum purchase funded by the Caroline Wiess Law Accessions Endowment Fund. © Therman Statom

Lutisha Pettway, “Bars“ Quilt, c. 1950, cotton and denim, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase.

Judy Onofrio, Woman with Large Flower, 1995, wood, glass, shell, printed tin, glass beads, mirror, and chain, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gift of Matthew and Claudia Drutt. © Judy Onofrio

Tanya Aguiñiga, Mend, 2015, cotton, wool, and copper-electroplated epoxy clay, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by the Art Colony Association, Inc. and the Latin Maecenas. © Tanya Aguiña

Léopold Foulem, Red Poppies Teapot with Chinese Scene in Mounts, 2001–02, whiteware and metal, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio Collection, Museum purchase funded by Asa Walker, by exchange. © Léopold Foulem

Jaydan Moore, Platter #4, 2012, silver plate, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Museum purchase funded by the Design Council, Joan Morgenstern, Cecily Horton, Bill and Sara Morgan in memory of Carol Straus, Karin and Leo Shipman, the Decorative Arts Endowment Fund and Transco Energy Company by exchange. © Jaydan Moore

Reinaldo Sanguino, Honoring a Queen, 2007, ceramic, acrylic braids, sequins, and Plexiglas, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio Collection, gift of Garth Clark and Mark Del Vecchio, and Dean Project, New York. © Reinaldo Sanguino

Joyce J. Scott, “Danger Done” Neckpiece, 1994, glass beads, found objects, and thread, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Helen Williams Drutt Collection, Museum purchase funded by the Morgan Foundation in honor of Catherine Asher Morgan. © Joyce J. Scott

Mending: Craft and Community showcases mending as an act of transformation by artists working in a wide range of craft-based materials. Objects drawn from the MFAH collection offer both formal and metaphorical examples of mending created in the past four decades, revealing techniques and personal stories in works that weave together narratives of race, gender, and sexual orientation.

Highlights include Mend, a large fiber work by Tanya Aguiñiga that reflects motherhood and community among women; Jaydan Moore’s eight-foot-long Platter #4, made of cut apart and reassembled serving trays; and Joyce Scott’s “Danger Done” Neckpiece, which comments on stereotypes of black identity.

The international and U.S. artists featured in the exhibition range from masters in the field of studio craft, such as Léopold Foulem and Therman Statom, to a younger generation that includes Jennifer Ling Datchuk and Aaron McIntosh.

Mending: Craft and Community—Selections from the Museum’s Collection | December 8, 2018–October 20, 2019


This exhibition is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Location

Caroline Wiess Law Building
1001 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005
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