Game Changers: Fiber Art Masters and Innovators

A rich feast of color radiating from a large, handwoven tapestry of alpaca wool; an elegant choker necklace delicately twined and forged with 18K and 22K gold; a cosmic quilt, woven from mylar and holographic film; a Whisker Organ made of real cat whiskers, which play lovely organ music when stroked—these are just a few of the remarkable and challenging pieces you’ll find in this new fiber exhibition.

Game Changers: Fiber Art Masters and Innovators are artists, past and present, who continuously revisit traditional techniques and materials while developing revolutionary approaches in the realm of fiber art. Every work in the exhibition was chosen to showcase the individual practice of each invited artist. Some of these creators have been working in the public eye for decades, and some have produced pieces specific to the exhibit, making this their first museum showing. All of them epitomize the dynamism and fluidity of work in fiber. These artists thread humanity’s oldest cultural impulses into the world of contemporary art.

Fiber artists are moving beyond a process-and-materials-dominated creative approach to a more expansive and idea-driven view. Certainly materials and fine technique in fiber art are fundamental to
making great work. At the same time, many pieces featured here convey the artists’ growing conviction that great art is driven primarily by creative vision. These shifts in perspective are sometimes subtle, sometimes disruptive.

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