On view May 14, 2016 – April 16, 2017
George Tsutakawa Art Gallery
Through a series of pairings connecting The Wing’s collections with artworks by contemporary artists of Asian heritage, this exhibition explores relationships between myth and the everyday, commodity cultures and identity, and evidence and narratives of women’s labors, from handwork to small shops to factories. Drawing her title from Pablo Neruda’s Ode to Scissors, curator Namita Gupta Wiggers organizes the exhibition into a series of “conversations,” each offering a lens on how textiles shape — and form — history and human experiences.
In response to the museum’s collection, Wiggers selected three artists, one past exhibition, and will work with The Wing staff to develop an interactive workstation for the public. The artists are Americans of South Asian, Filipino, and Korean origin: Surabhi Ghosh, who moved to Canada in 2014; Stephanie Syjuco from San Francisco, and Aran Han Sifuentes from Chicago.