July 16–August 11, 2022
On view in our program space
Thursday & Friday: 1–5pm*
*Please note the gallery will be closed Thursday, July 21–Thursday, July 28 for installation.
Stitch x Stitch is situated within a long historical conversation between quilting and social justice. Textile artists have long engaged with quilting and community crafting practices to advocate for the abolition of criminalization and incarceration. Abolitionist quilters have used imagery and embroidered text, as a means of swaying public opinion and troubling state level policies that promote notions of ''order and justice'' through criminalization. Through politically charged work, artists have long highlighted the intersection of racial capitalism and trauma and the disproportionate impact of police violence, criminalization and incarceration on communities of color.
This exhibition seeks to explore how quilting can serve as an embodied, liberatory practice and the role it plays in facilitating new forms of liberation.
This exhibition is an extension of the inaugural Stitch x Stitch convening held July 15-17, 2022. To register for the conference visit stitchingabolition.com
This exhibit will be open from July 16 to August 11, 2022 and is made possible with support from the Center for Craft, Illinois Humanities, SAIC Art Therapy Department and SAIC Fibers Department and in collaboration with Weinberg/Newton Gallery and PO Box Collective.