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This is a recording of the panel conversation from Textile Society of America’s New Professionals Convening: Envisioning Textiles Futures, held on July 27, 2019 at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia.
Panelists include Joy Davis, Regan de Loggans, Lynnette Miranda and Karen Hampton. The panel was moderated and organized by Caroline Hayes Charuk.
At the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, TSA presented a panel discussion devoted to envisioning a field that approaches cultural production with justice and equity, and to examine the ways that structures within museums, universities, and informal spaces can support or hinder movement towards a vibrant future in line with these goals.
This program was intended for TSA members and curious prospective members who are embedded in institutions and systems as makers, researchers, teachers and curators. Attendees were invited to bring experiences within their own institutions to the discussion, in hopes that they find new knowledge and connections to take back to their practices.
The half-day program began with a panel discussion. All panel participants come from backgrounds in making and/or the study of textiles and direct a portion of their professional efforts towards interfacing with institutions related to art, craft, textiles, and other aspects of material culture as it relates to supporting people of color from divergent backgrounds.
The second part of the day included a tour of Monumental Cloth, The Flag We Should Know, Sonya Clark’s exhibition at the FWM, and a behind-the-scenes look at archival boxes from previous artists in residence.
Karen Hampton has shown her woven and stitched narrative artwork nationally since 1994 and has been teaching college since 2008. Her specialties are surface design, embroidery, weaving and courses that address Art and the African Diaspora. Karen is currently an Assistant Professor of Fiber at MassArt, and a board member of the Textile Society of America.
Regan de Loggans (Mississippi Choctaw/ Ki’Che’ Maya) is an art historian, curator, and educator based in Brooklyn on Lenape land. Their work relates to decolonizing, indigenizing, and queering institutions and curatorial practices. They are also one of the founders of the Indigenous Womxn’s Collective: NYC.
Lynnette Miranda’s ongoing research focuses on the social and cultural impact of contemporary art and media, critically examining social practice, contemporary craft, performance, new media and video work. She is passionate about centering artists and practitioners of color, not only through representation, but through building support systems and redistributing resources. Lynnette is currently the Program Manager at United States Artists in Chicago. She has worked at leading arts institutions including Creative Time, ART21, and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Joy Davis is an independent scholar of fashion and cultural studies. She has B.A.s in History and Media Theory from University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). She is a pending Masters candidate at FIT’s Fashion Studies program. In 2016 she joined Unravel Podcast as a host and producer. In 2018 she launched her own contemporary gallery in Baltimore, MD that has a majority focus on artists of color. She writes about subject matter that is underdeveloped in academia and with the public. Her work transcends many fields of study which includes: fashion, history, art, media, and performance among people of color through history. Her current research focuses on fashion and race analysis in Spanish colonial paintings.
Caroline Hayes Charuk approaches sculpture, printmaking and video from a background in textiles, ceramics, and hobbyist craft materials. She is a former member of CTRL+SHFT Collective in Oakland, CA, a studio and exhibition space focused on supporting women, nonbinary and trans-spectrum artists. She has taught workshops at the Berkeley Arts Museum, the De Young Museum, Richmond Art Center, and numerous other community arts organizations. She is currently the General Manager of the Textile Society of America.
This program was made possible by support from the Teitelbaum Foundation.