This exhibition showcases mending as an act of transformation by artists working in a wide range of craft-based materials. Through 28 objects drawn from the Museum’s collection, Mending: Craft and Community examines both formal and metaphorical examples of mending created in the past four decades, revealing techniques and personal stories in works that weave together dominant narratives of race, gender, and sexual orientation.
Highlights include Mend (2015), a large fiber work by artist Tanya Aguiñiga created from cotton, wool, and clay, reflecting motherhood and community among women; Jaydan Moore’s Platter #4 (2012), an eight-foot-long silver-plate platter made of cut apart and reassembled serving trays; and Joyce Scott’s “Danger Done” Neckpiece (1994) of found beads and beaded black figures that comment on stereotypes of black identity. The international and U.S. artists included in the exhibition range from masters in the field of studio craft such as Therman Statom and Léopold Foulem to a younger generation including Jennifer Ling Datchuk and Aaron McIntosh.
Location The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Caroline Wiess Law Building / Alice Pratt Brown Gallery
1001 Bissonnet Street
Funding This exhibition is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
ABOVE: Joyce J. Scott, “Danger Done” Neckpiece, 1994, glass beads, found objects, and thread, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Helen Williams Drutt Collection, Museum purchase funded by the Morgan Foundation in honor of Catherine Asher Morgan. (© Joyce J. Scott)