March 04, 2016 at Pro Arts in Oakland.
Exhibition reception: March 4, 6-8 pm
Gallery Talk: March 16, 5-7 pm
Adia Millett’s solo exhibition explores the malleability of connection. Utilizing donated, re-purposed materials from throughout the East Bay, Millett quilts together a variety of diverse fabrics. Purposefully breaking the rules of traditional quilting, her work skews our perception of representational imagery. Through her process-driven work, she speaks to the multiplicity of cultural identities—how they overlap, mesh, collide, and divide. Millett plays with the many ways that fabric, like people, come apart and how they can be creatively reconnected.
Friday, March 4, 2016, 6-8 pm
Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 5-7 pm
Feminist Aesthetics and Abstraction in American Quilts
We are all aware of the vast world of quilts, from crafting books, fabric shops, and popular fairs to the arenas of “high art” museums, historical scholarship, and feminist theory. In the United States, the quilt has served as an icon of domestic comfort and American resourcefulness, as well as a metaphor to describe the piecing together of disparate parts into a whole. Join artists Adia Millett in conversation with collector, historian, author, and co-organizer of the seminal exhibition Abstract Design in American Quilts, Jonathan Holstein, which opened in 1971 at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City and marked the explosion of attention to this art form.