"Fold Unfold" Art Exhibition at Lyndon House Arts Center
The Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department will present "Fold Unfold," an exhibit that combines the contemporary practice of weaving coverlets and the history of woven arts at Lyndon House Arts Center. This exhibit will be installed in both the contemporary galleries and the historic Ware-Lyndon House Museum. "Fold Unfold" features over 50 commissioned contemporary coverlets created by artists from around the United States.
The coverlet, a wonderfully elaborate and laborious example of woven bedding, is lesser-known than the quilt when it comes to Southern material culture. These bed coverings have often been ignored than recognized as providing real value and beauty to households. To address this concept, anthropologist Susan Falls and artist Jessica Smith held a call for weavers to create their own coverlets to be featured in "Fold Unfold."
In this exhibit, the coverlets are folded and stacked to form sculptural pillars. Installed in the contemporary Lyndon House Arts Center and the historic Ware-Lyndon House, connotes the role that southern women played in the aesthetic narrative of their living environment thus uniting the historic with the contemporary.
The exhibit is on view June 24-August 19, 2017. All exhibitions are free and open to the public during regular gallery hours - Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 9:00 p.m., and Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
The Unfolding Performance Event will take place on the closing day of the exhibit, Saturday, August 19 at 2:00 p.m.To reveal individual creative work, the pillars will be taken down and the coverlets will be unfolded in a public performance. Each coverlet will be professionally photographed and published in a downloadable catalog.
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