Crossing borders are central Consuelo J. Underwood’s artistic practice. In this exhibition inspired by land, politics, and spirit, Underwood speaks to her individual understanding of borders through her expansive contemporary fiber works. A site-specific installation from the series, A New Borderline, will be created in partnership with the local organization, Women in Recovery.
Listen to the stories from the borderlands as Underwood leads an artist talk about her inspirations, creations, and travels. As she shares the voices of her indigenous ancestors, she will discuss her theories of the interconnectedness of society through what she calls her “tri-cultural lens.”
108|Contemporary is excited to host California-based musician and composer Lance Canales as he performs a rendition of Woody Guthrie’s “Plane Wreck at Los Gatos (Deportee).” Inspired by the 1948 Los Gatos plane crash that took the lives of 32 individuals, including 28 only recently identified Mexican farm workers. The song, which has been covered by artists such as Dolly Parton, Bob Dylan, and Johnny Cash, has been renewed with the names of the previously unnamed victims.
Mirroring the experiences of Consuelo J. Underwood’s upbringing in a family of Mexican migrant workers, this performance will only be amplified by sharing a space with Underwood’s thought-provoking tapestries and installations.
This program is presented in partnership with our program partners: The Woody Guthrie Center and The Oklahoma Center for the Humanities.
Amanda McCavour’s ethereal environments explore themes of strength and vulnerability. Through the use of embroidery, McCavour’s delicate creations will highlight the process of building stability with a medium that also has the ability to unravel. These installations of accumulated pieces reflect the nature of the medium; a collection of stitches create the strength within the individual pieces.
This workshop focuses on constructing dynamic, textured, mixed media surfaces with machine embroidery and water-soluble stabilizer. Explore embroidery using the machine to create expressive line. Students are encouraged to experiment with an assortment of materials like plastics, papers, and yarns to create a variety of samples to discover different texture and color combinations.
Explore the environments of Amanda McCavour and listen as she explains her process, techniques, and approach to artwork. Join a discussion about the themes of this exhibition: strength and vulnerability.
VisionMakers2018 is 108|Contemporary’s signature juried biennial exhibition for contemporary fine craft-based artists in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, and Texas. 108|Contemporary highlights artists who bridge cutting-edge concepts and traditional skill as they approach the boundaries of art, craft, design. With an internationally recognized juror and $5,000 in artist awards, VisionMakers2018 will be displayed in the architecturally stunning five-year-old 108|Contemporary gallery in the Tulsa Arts District.
Emily Zilber editor of Metalsmith magazine, a publication of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, is the juror. Zilber was the first Ronald L. and Anita C. Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston. She curated the exhibit “Crafted: Objects in Flux,” which explores this moment of “flux” in the field, focusing on contemporary craft-based artists who bridge cutting-edge concepts and traditional skills as they embrace and explore the increasingly blurred boundaries between art, craft, and design. Zilber was the assistant curator at Cranbrook Art Museum at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
Join us to learn the basis and reasoning for the selected work within VisionMakers2018 and discover the winners of our prestigious awards.