“Crafting Democracy” at Sculpture Center Features Fiber Arts That Make Political Statements

Fri 12/6 @ 5:30-8PM

Since Betsy Ross allegedly sewed the first American flag, women have used crafts — one area of creativity that was conceded to them back when other avenues, such as the fine arts, were strictly the province of men — to make social/political/economic statements. And as media once strictly considered crafts have entered the fine arts (along with women’s participation), these statements have expanded to encompass protests and conversations about issues such as civil rights, women’s rights and social justice.

The Sculpture Center Galleries just opened a show called Crafting Democracy: Fiber Arts and Activism, which displays the range of craft activism and how it’s grown in recent years, giving more people the chance to express themselves and their feelings about the political landscape. The show features the work of artists from the Rochester area, where the show originated, along with so-called “craftivists” from around the U.S. and other countries who use textiles, thread, yarn and other traditional “crafting tools” to make their statements.

While the exhibit opened Fri 11/29, an opening reception takes place this weekend at the Sculpture Center Fri 12/6 @ 5:30-8pm. It’s free and open to all. The show remains on view through Fri 1/12/20.

Crafting Democracy

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