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Queer Threads is an evolving curatorial project organized by John Chaich that spotlights contemporary LGBTQ artists who are remixing fiber and textile traditions. Since 2014, the group exhibition has traveled from New York, Baltimore, Boston, and San Jose, accompanied by a full color coffee table book designed by Todd Oldham Studio. In conjunction with Queer Threads, Curious Spaces—a multi-venue suite of exhibitions in DC this fall—American University Fine Art Department presents a series of lectures by past, present, proto, and future Queer Threads artists: Paolo Arao, Angela Hennessy, Oliver Herring, T.J. Dedeaux-Norris, and Sheila Pepe. A queering of mediums, each of their practices uniquely merges fiber-based crafts with painting, sculpture, and installation. These lectures will provide a glimpse into studio practices that defy formal expectations and question the function of identity in the making and circulating of art works. Co-hosted by the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center.
In fall 2020, a multi-venue suite of solo exhibitions, Queer Threads, Curious Spaces will be organized in Washington, DC at Transformer and The Corner at Whitman-Walker.
Angela Hennessy is an Oakland-based artist and Associate Professor at California College of the Arts where she teaches courses on visual and cultural narratives of death and contemporary art. Through writing, studio work, and performance her practice examines mythologies of blackness embedded in linguistic metaphors of color and cloth. Last fall her work was featured in a solo exhibition When and where I enter at Southern Exposure. Her work has been exhibited at Patricia Sweetow Gallery, The Growlery, Bellevue Arts Museum, Exit Art, Southern Exposure, The Richmond Art Center, The Small Gallery, and The Oakland Museum of California.
Image: Angela Hennessy, Black Rainbow, 2017. Crocheted synthetic and human hair, artist’s hair, LED light strip, frame, 10 x 15 x 5 ft.