MATERIAL CULTURE: APSARA ARTS OF ASIA
June 8 – July 20, 2019
Presenting "The Magnificent Textiles of Sumatra," an exhibition of textiles that will be featured in Material Culture's October 26-27, 2019 auction. Sumatra is the sixth largest island in the world and the second largest of Indonesia. It stands above all other islands in terms of its wealth of textile arts and amazing variety of textile designs. This variety arises from the many diverse ethnic groups that inhabit the island—more than 50 different languages are spoken on Sumatra—as well as from the flow of foreign influences over time due to Sumatra’s strategic position along historic trade routes. Over many centuries, Sumatra has been especially influenced by Arab, Indian and Chinese cultures. The variety of ethnicities and international influences on Sumatra has led to the development of a magnificent variety of textile traditions with many different patterns and production techniques. While trade enabled cultural exchange, it also brought great wealth to the island that resulted in the evolution of social and political hierarchies that used textiles to distinguish themselves. Over the centuries, textiles in Sumatra have served as threads of identity, reflecting the region, wealth, status, sex as well as age group of the wearer. They have also played a key role as valuable exchange goods at all levels of society.
MFA IN PROGRESS
June 8 – July 20, 2019
This exhibition is the first opportunity for the public to see works by candidates in Moore's MFA program. After completing their first year of rigorous coursework in material research, the candidates have been exposed to a wide range of making while immersing themselves in the city’s cultural offerings and simultaneously, seminars in art history and ethics have posed questions and provided context for their explorations moving forward. Featuring work by Sara Kleinert & Chelsey Webber-Brandis.
ANNUAL ALUMNI EXHIBITION
June 8 – August 10, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 8
Featuring recent works by Moore alumni, the selections on view in this year’s exhibition represent a variety of degree programs including Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Illustration, Photography & Digital Arts and Textile Design, among others. Showcasing a wide variety of materials and skill sets, this presentation includes artworks in all mediums. This year's exhibition is juried by Emily Zilber, an independent curator and consultant focused on contemporary art, craft, and design. From 2010-2018, Zilber was the first Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and she currently sits on the boards of the Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston and Craft Now Philadelphia, and on the Board of Advisors of the North Bennet Street School.
GARY SMITH: PICK UP STICKS
June 15 – August 24, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, June 14, 5-8 PM
Artist Gary Smith creates abstract objects out of found and recycled materials—such as old barn joists and repurposed construction debris—and combines them with natural wood harvested from his five acre property in rural Chester County. Smith shapes the wood, burns the wood, seals it, cuts into it with common tools and seals it again and again to preserve it. This juxtaposition of otherwise ordinary mediums are displayed in unexpected compositions that bring new life to formerly discarded and forgotten fragments. This exhibition presents new and recent works created over the course of nearly twenty years, while also paying homage to Smith’s career as chief preparator in The Galleries at Moore from 1987 – 2012.