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MAN-MADE: CONTEMPORARY MALE QUILTERS

January 25 - May 3, 2015  

The Craft & Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, California

Website | Email | 323.937.4230

LOS ANGELES – The Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) presents Man-Made: Contemporary Male Quilters, the first museum exhibition in Los Angeles that examines the unique aesthetics and techniques that men bring to a craft long-associated with feminine arts and labor. With backgrounds in contemporary visual art, media, and fashion, the eight artists featured in the exhibition have been identified as leading makers whose quilts act as non-functional art pieces. Curated by CAFAM Executive Director Suzanne Isken, Man-Made: Contemporary Male Quilters is on view from January 25 through May 3, 2015.

Though quilting is culturally viewed as “women’s work,” men have participated in the practice since the early 1800s in both professional and domestic capacity. The art quilt movement developed in the 1980s as a practice akin to painting, led by professional artists rather than domestic makers.

The eight exhibiting artists are part of a loosely-knit, growing community of male quilters whose quilts utilize striking imagery and compositions to navigate their interests and concerns. Though there are innumerable male quilters nationwide, these artists were selected as significant contributors to the evolution of the quilting medium through their unique training and experiences in visual, media, and design arts.

“I was interested in how all these artists were very conscious of their gender identity when they took up quilting,” says curator Suzanne Isken. “To some degree, they all felt they had to address their maleness by making quilts with cement, or about heavy metal or sexual preference; but their prior training as painters, ceramic artists, scientists, videographers or the like became just as significant, bringing great energy and distinctiveness to the objects they create.”

Artists Dan Olfe and Joel Otterson are notable for utilizing new materials and technologies in quilting. Olfe is a retired professor of engineering who conceptualizes his quilts using the same 3D design software used by video game designers, while Otterson is known for making “quilts” out of concrete.

Aaron McIntosh’s quilts play with heteronormative ideas of sexual identity that are propagated through mass media images. Shawn Quinlan’s quilts conflate acerbic commentary with provocative imagery from television and popular culture.

Artists like Ben Venom and Jimmy McBride meld their MFA training with their personal interests. Venom makes hand-sewn quilts using heavy metal iconography with concert t-shirts and leather jackets. McBride’s quilts act as narratives depicting the science fiction adventures of a “space trucker with too much time on his hands.”

Artists Joe Cunningham and Luke Haynes both use an industrial longarm sewing machine that is programmable and able to accommodate large sizes. Cunningham’s quilts are often responses to current events and natural disasters. Haynes takes an art historical approach and creates iconic portraits of his friends sourced from renowned American paintings.

An opening reception for Man-Made: Contemporary Male Quilters will take place on Saturday, January 24 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. The reception is free for CAFAM members and open to the public for a $12 admission fee. CAFAM members will be able to preview the exhibition on Saturday, January 24 starting at 12:00 p.m.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS

CAFAM will offer exhibition-related workshops and events in conjunction with the exhibition, including CraftLab family workshops on the second Sunday of each month from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Big Sunday has sent groups to help out our friends at CAFAM for the past few years on Big Sunday Weekend, helping with all kinds of upgrades, improvements and special projects around their (beautiful) building.

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Larry Sultan: Here and Home

November 2020, 2014 - March 22, 2015   ONGOING EVENT

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, California

Website | Email | 323 857-6000

 

Larry Sultan: Here and Home is the first retrospective of California photographer Larry Sultan (1946–2009). The exhibition includes more than 200 photographs ranging from Sultan’s conceptual and collaborative works of the 1970s to his solo works in the decades following. Sultan never stopped challenging the conventions of photographic documentation, exploring themes of family, home, and façade throughout his career. Five major bodies of work are represented including: Evidence (1977), made collaboratively with Mike Mandel; Swimmers (1978–81); Pictures from Home (1982–92); The Valley (1998–2003); and Homeland (2006–2009). The show is augmented by a “study hall,” with documentation and ephemera providing a glimpse of Sultan’s modes of inquiry as an artist and a teacher.

Every year LACMA provides free admission (and a free bus!) to take many disadvantaged and grateful folks to Andell Family Sundays!

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Big Quilts in Small Sizes: Children’s Historical Bedcovers

November 1919, 2014 - January 4, 2015   ONGOING EVENT

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, California

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Ten diminutive quilts chosen from the museum’s collection, all of them made for children, reflect the same meticulous stitching and geometric patterns that have been used to create full-size bedcovers in the United States for centuries. The traditional art of quilting perfectly marries functionality and aesthetics; quilts provide warmth and protection while presenting strikingly beautiful decorative designs.

 

Quilting is defined by the small, often decorative stitches joining three key elements: the quilt’s top, the backing, and the soft wool or cotton battling in between. Variations in the application and arrangement of blocks, sashes and other details create an extensive range in the design and appearance of the artworks.

 

Although fancier quilts were initially the purview of women of means, quilts made of recycled fabrics from clothing and scraps of household or commercial textiles were also produced for practical uses.  Technological advances in the 18th and 19th centuries dramatically expanded the textile industry and the availability of textiles to the average woman, transforming quilting from a useful endeavor to a popular aesthetic pursuit.

Every year LACMA provides free admission (and a free bus!) to take many disadvantaged and grateful folks to Andell Family Sundays!

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Delacroix’s Greece on the Ruins of Missolonghi

November 1919, 2014 - February 15, 2015   ONGOING EVENT

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, California

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Painted in 1826 by Eugène Delacroix, the leading French Romantic painter of the day, Greece on the ruins of Missolonghi is one of the most celebrated French paintings of the 19th century. It was executed shortly after the event it commemorates: In 1825, during the Greek war of independence from Ottoman occupation, Turkish troops besieged the city of Missolonghi. The Greek population, already decimated by famine and epidemics, attempted a heroic liberation that ended in tragedy when the Turks killed most of the population of the city. Delacroix, like many European artists and intellectuals, was a fervent supporter of the Greek cause. Most of the painting is dedicated to the figure of Greece herself, represented as a young woman wearing traditional costume. Her posture and expression recall traditional religious images of the Virgin weeping over the body of Christ. The image of suffering Greece succeeded in conveying the plight of the Greeks to the French public.

 

Now kept in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Bordeaux, sister city to Los Angeles, this monumental painting has seldom traveled. The exhibition is a rare opportunity to see a masterpiece by one of the great French artists of the 19th century.

Every year LACMA provides free admission (and a free bus!) to take many disadvantaged and grateful folks to Andell Family Sundays!

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MorYork: The Answer is Yes

October 33, 2014 - January 5, 2015   ONGOING EVENT

Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California

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L.A. GOAL artists created portraits of artist Clare Graham for this remarkable exhibition.  L.A. GOAL artists’ portraits are the perfect compliment to this extraordinary exhibition. This exhibit should not be missed – it is an awe-inspiring body of work. Showing until January 5th at CAFAM – hope to see you there!

LA Goal has participated in Big Sunday art/craft art shows for a number of years.

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“Jake Squared”

August 11, 2014 - January 31, 2015   ONGOING EVENT

Video On Demand, iTunes, Amazon, In Demand, Hulu, DirectTV, Everywhere, California

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“Jake Squared” is a mind-bending comedy about a guy whose problems increase exponentially when younger versions of himself invade his life trying to solve his romantic problems.

The theatrical release is done and the film is available on VOD everywhere. It’s on iTunes, Amazon, In Demand, Hulu, DirectTV, etc., etc.

https://www.facebook.com/JakeSquaredFilm

Writer-director Howard Goldberg and his kids have volunteered for all kinds of Big Sunday projects over many years.

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LAMP CHAMPS Art Jam and Open Mic

December 26, 2014, 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM  

LAMP Community, 526 S. San Padro, Los Angeles, California

Website | Email | 213.488.9559 ext. 265

Monthly celebration of birthdays, accomplishments and a safe place for self-expression and community building through the arts. This is an 18+ event.

LAMP is a great organization that helps homeless people in all kinds of important and wonderful ways. Hayk runs their impressive art program – and was nice enough to share his studio with Big Sunday on KKR’s Day of Service.

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Esther Jaime – Robot Friend

September 2424, 2014 - January 1, 2016   ONGOING EVENT

YouTube, .., .., California

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Check out this beautiful music video!

 

Directed by Dom Jones DarkVision Ent. https://www.twitter/directordom13 director domjones@gmail.com, Cinematography Dom Jones, Edited by Andretti Dante https://www.andrettidontelst@gmail.com written and performed by Esther Jaime (Twitter, IG:@Estherjaimelee, https://www.soundcloud.com/estherjaime,
https://www.facebook.com/estherjaimem. Music Produced by Nine Diamond For https://www.shadowville.com

Esther has helped out at many Big Sunday events, including numerous TM@10’s.

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Be A Good Little Widow

April 17 - December 21, 2014, 8:00 PM - 12:43 PM  

The NoHo Arts Center, 11136 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, California

Website | Email | 818.508.7101

Young wife Melody has never been to a funeral — until her husband dies in a plane crash,” press notes state. “Expected to instantly assume proper widowhood, Melody is left to wonder, what’s the right way to grieve? Fortunately, her mother-in-law is a professional. Widow, that is. Under her guidance, Melody must try her best to be a good little widow.

Caroline Aaron was the awesome bingo caller at this year’s Big Sunday’s Annual Valentine-Making Bingo-Playing Community Dinner.

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