Just what’s so queer about threads? The traveling exhibition and coffee table book, Queer Threads, has been committed to exploring contemporary fiber and textile practices by LGBTQ+ artists. In this slide lecture, curator John Chaich will explore the conceptual framework guiding Queer Threads group and solo exhibitions since 2014, reflect upon critical questions raised as the project has evolved, and preview its 2021 iteration at the San José Museum of Quilts and Textiles. Presented by The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum in collaboration with Transformer.
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About the speaker:
John Chaich is an independent curator and designer interested in otherness, materiality, and communication. He has curated a range of group and solo exhibitions including Queer Threads: Crafting Identity & Community at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York, the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, and the Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts; Mixed Messages: A(I)DS, Art, and Words, produced for Visual AIDS at La MaMa Galleria, New York, and Transformer, Washington, DC; Catalina Schliebener: Growing Sideways at the Bureau of General Services Queer Division in NYC and Hache Galleria in Buenos Aires; Vivek Shraya: Trisha at the Ace Hotel New York; and Queering the BiblioObject at the Center for Book Arts. With Todd Oldham, he edited the coffee table book Queer Threads, which received the American Library Association’s 2018 Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award. Chaich received his MFA in Communications Design from Pratt Institute, where he is a visiting instructor. www.chaichcreative.com
Queer Threads: Past, Present, Future is presented by The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum and Transformer, and hosted by The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum.
Located on GW’s campus in downtown Washington D.C., the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum celebrates the creative achievements of people in the capital city and around the world. The museum unites The Textile Museum, established in 1925, and the Albert H. Small Center for National Capital Area Studies to engage the university and the wider community through collections, scholarship, exhibitions, and educational programs.