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Intertwined: Labor and Technology in Contemporary Textile Art

Published January 10, 2024

Intertwined: Labor and Technology in Contemporary Textile Art

August 31 to December 16, 2023

The history of textile and fiber arts is defined by transmission – the exchange of knowledge, custom, and practice from person to person, culture to culture, and generation to generation. Today, technology has fundamentally shaped the nature of these exchanges, impacting the creation, presentation, and interpretation of artistic traditions in unprecedented ways. Opening August 31, 2023, at the Florida State University’s Museum of Fine Arts (MoFA), Intertwined: Labor and Technology in Contemporary Textile Art calls attention to the dynamism of textile-related practice through the work of contemporary artists. Working across various interdisciplinary lenses and media, these innovative artists explore themes of labor and agency that simultaneously highlight and subvert our expectations. By blurring the perceived boundaries of tradition in both tangible and intangible ways, this exhibition challenges viewers to consider new, inclusive possibilities for artmaking at a critical time.

Curated by Keidra Daniels Navaroli and Annie Booth, Intertwined features the work of Tawny Chatmon, Jeffrey Gibson, Fabiola Jean-Louis, Ahree Lee, Kate Nartker, Yvonne Osei, Aaron Rothman, Carrie Sieh, and Shaheer Zazai, with a critical focus on process and materiality. 

Exhibit Support is provided by the Ann M. Stevens Excellence Fund for Textile & Costume Arts, managed by the FSU Foundation.