Wool in the Making
What can art-making materials tell us about the natural world, global trade, social and cultural frameworks, and artists' ideas? This three-part series of gallery conversations and studio workshops immerses participants in hands-on exploration of wool while investigating its complex histories and potential for ethical futures.
Look closely at works in the collection, with museum educator, Alexandra Poterack, that tell stories of wool as a force for economic power and colonial oppression, celebration of artistic heritage, and ethical production. Delve into the history of wool and its processing, from the origin of domestication to contemporary environmental concerns. Through hands-on virtual workshops, investigate wool's unique chemical characteristics and try out artistic processes with the guidance of an artist.
Materials provided; no experience necessary. Dates: October 13, 20 and 27.
Registration required. Fee: $20, members: $15.
Image: Indian, Shoulder mantle (detail), mid 1800s. Bequest of Miss Lucy T. Aldrich.