A survey exhibition exploring the use of stitching and thread in contemporary art will be on view at LeilaTaghinia-Milani Heller (LTMH) Gallery from November 12 through December 19, 2009. IN STITCHES, curated by Beth Rudin DeWoody, will present works in various media by more than 50 U.S. and international contemporary artists.
IN STITCHES focuses on both well-known and emerging artists who incorporate stitching and thread as prominent features in the concept and structure of their work. The artists’ process includes wrapping and embroidery as well as assemblage. The exhibition title is a double entendre of the Shakespearean idiom, and now common expression, when one is laughing so hard that it causes physical pain. While some of the work presents elements of humor, other work explores the role of women in society or questions the threads or painful truths of our social and moral existence. Threads literally and metaphorically form the connections, which tie the artists’ works together.
The exhibition will include work by Ghada Amer, Ramazan Bayrakoglu, Louise Bourgeois, Nancy Brooks Brody, Ambreen Butt, David Byrne, Margarita Cabrera, Orly Cogan, Adam Cohen, Anita Cooke, Matthew Cox, E.V. Day, Lesley Dill, Chris Duncan, Alinka Echeverria, Tracey Emin, Angelo Filomeno, Robert Forman, Zoi Gaitanidou, Sabrina Gschwandtner, Guerra de la Paz, Selma Gürbüz, Joseph Heidecker, Kent Hendricksen, Todd Knopke, Steven & William Ladd, Mike Latham, Charles LeDray, Pooneh Maghazehe, Julia Mandle, Christian Marclay, Victoria May, Bradley McCallum & Jacqueline Tarry, Thomas McDonell, Darrel Morris, William J. O'Brien, Maria E. Piñeres, Elaine Reichek, Jacob Robichaux, Gulay Semercioglu, Donna Sharrett, Jean Shin, Chiharu Shiota, Kiki Smith, Devorah Sperber, Berend Strik, Frances Trombly, Vadis Turner, Paul Villinski, Andy Warhol, Debora Warner, Megan Whitmarsh, Rob Wynne, and Darius Yektai.
Beth Rudin DeWoody is a New York art collector and curator. She is the executive vice president of Rudin Management and on the board of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Creative Time, The New School, New Yorkers For Children, and the New York Police Foundation. Her other exhibitions include I Won't Grow Up at Cheim & Read, New York; Just What Are They Saying... at the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans; What's Your Hobby? at The Fireplace Project, East Hampton, NY; A House Is Not A Home at Caren Golden Fine Art, New York; and Luxury Goods and It'll cost you... at Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, New York.