Community Works announces the opening of Harlem Memorabilia: Reflections in Fiber, the newest component of its Community Matters NYC initiative. The exhibit is on display at The Interchurch Center’s Treasure Room Gallery from March 4 through March 26, 2013. The gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. A public opening reception is being held on Thursday, March 14, 2012 at 5:00 pm and will include an art dialogue and film screening.
In honor of Women’s History Month, Community Works and The Interchurch Center proudly present the work of 18 fabric artists led by noted Harlem artist and quilt-maker Dindga McCannon. The exhibit exemplifies the wide variety of ways one can preserve memorabilia and transform it into art. A stunning collection of quilts and hand-made books, created with personal mementos—family photos, movie tickets, rent receipts, love letters—tell visual stories that are part of the fabric of Harlem .
The work in this exhibit is the culmination of a three-month artist-in-residency program. For several weeks during the summer and fall, Ms. McCannon conducted fabric art workshops sharing some of the innovative techniques for which she is renowned. The group created an array of work combining personal memorabilia with new and traditional media, utilizing diverse technology from kitchen sink to cutting edge. Participants included both professional fiber artists and creative community members, all with a connection to Harlem and stories to tell.
In describing this process, Community Works President Barbara Horowitz notes that “It is remarkable how Dindga has been able to pass on the power of quilting as a mode of storytelling, and to such a variety of people, from seasoned quilters and professional artists to new enthusiasts.” Ms. McCannon and artists will speak more of this process at the opening reception. It is also the subject of a short documentary by filmmaker Yohimbe Sampson, which will be screened at the reception and throughout the exhibit duration.
A special Art Talk & Walk with the artists is scheduled for Tuesday, March 19 at 1:00 pm. Reservations, which are required, can be made by calling 212-459-1854 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional exhibit tours and workshops can also be arranged.
This unique collaboration is a project of Community Works ’ Community Matters NYC initiative, an innovative network of cultural, civic, and academic institutions all deeply committed to strengthening cultural, social and artistic bonds in Upper Manhattan . Its exhibitions and public programs will continue to highlight renowned and emerging artists, accomplished scholars and legendary cultural pioneers at CMNYC anchor institutions and community partners.
Thursday, March 14, 2013, 5:00—7:00 pm
The Interchurch Center
475 Riverside Drive @ 120th Street , New York City
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