It’s Oscar season and in spite of whatever commercial hype they may represent, I’m still a sucker for trying to get to as many of the nominees as I can. I’ve been to precious few this year, but two that I have seen are visual beauties. Carol, a movie portraying forbidden love between two women in the 1950;s, and The Danish Girl, a movie revealing the painful struggle of a of a transgender artist at the turn of the century provide much textile eye candy. The content of both is poignant and important, reason enough to see the movie, but the textiles are breathtaking. The movies are gorgeous with stunning clothing in every scene. Although I think Eddie Redmayne is a bit flat in his role, Cate Blanchett and Roony Mara breathe subtle depth into their characters.
Locally, if you haven’t seen Material Mythologies at the Minnesota Museum of American Art, go over before it closes on April 3. It brings together the fiber stars Sonya Clark and Mary Giles ,and Jae Won Lee whose approach to ceramic installation feels like fiber.
Teri Greeves, an artist that I had just discovered and hadn’t realized was in the show until visiting the museum, uses beading knowledge acquired from her Kiowa roots to express her narratives. The fifth artist, Helen Lee, uses extraordinary feats of glass making as expressions of language.
I wrote a blog previously on rock star Sonya Clark, who uses hair and materials related to hair as a metaphor for examining issues of racial identity. We all have the wonderful opportunity to hear her speak at Mia on February 18, 2016. Her lecture is in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition State of the Art, Discovering American Art Now.
Mary Giles had a stunning retrospective last summer at Textile Center, and if you missed that show, or want to revisit it, here’s a link to the slideshow: http://www.textilecentermn.org/mary-giles-a-retrospective-opens-july-14. Mia also currently has a piece of hers on display.