--“REWOVEN: Innovative Fiber Art” at Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College From April 6–May 26 Features Work of 10 Taiwanese Artists --
QUEENS, NY, March 31, 2017 – Ten Taiwanese artists express their creativity and commitment to environmental and other global issues in a convergence of painted, woven, assembled, and installed artworks on view from April 6 to May 26, 2017 at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College. The exhibit, REWOVEN: Innovative Fiber Art, is an international collaboration between the Taiwanese American Arts Council, New York; the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan; Queensborough Community College Art Gallery, CUNY; and the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College, CUNY.
While many pieces incorporate traditional craft, the artists use contemporary strategies to transform natural, industrial, and waste materials into works of wit, whimsy, protest, and beauty that address such issues as the endangered earth. Each piece displays ingenuity in redefining the practice of fiber art. Pursuing a radical agenda, these compelling artworks explore innovation, social justice, and art history in a distinctly Taiwanese context.
The artwork was chosen by the curatorial team of Fangling Tseng (Kaohsiung Museum), Luchia Meihua Lee (Taiwanese American Arts Council), Faustino Quintanilla (QCC Art Gallery), and Amy Winter (GTM). This collaborative project will be on display at three sites: the Godwin-Ternbach Museum; the Queensborough Community College Art Gallery in Queens; and El Museo de Los Sures in Brooklyn, showcasing the work of 24 Taiwanese and New York-based artists. The Godwin-Ternbach Museum is exhibiting work by ten of these artists: Chen Ching-Lin, Hsu Wei-Hui, Huang Mei-Hui, Teresa Huang, Huang Wen-Ying, Pan Ping-Yu, Wu Pei-Shan, Wu Yun-Feng, Yang Wei-Lin, and Wen-Fu Yu.
One of the curators, Fangling Tseng, writes: “Since ancient times, fibers and textiles have been an indispensable part of human life. Using such plain and simple materials as bark skin, wool, rattan, hemp, and cotton, simple warp and weft patterns can give rise to variations as boundless as music. The stories therein are derived from everyday individual, private experience; some are active and realistic, while others are romantically unworldly; some are steeped in fantasy, while others are deeply contradictory, but all have their own enchanting rhythms.”
Luchia Meihua Lee, executive director of the Taiwanese American Arts Council and another curator, says: “With REWOVEN, I would like to explore ‘innovative fiber art’ with Queens College students and faculty, introducing new forms and bringing awareness of contemporary treatments of fiber art. This exhibition reaffirms the value and contributions of our multi-ethnic community and of Queens College, and thus updates our conception of the world.”
Taiwanese American Arts Council president and co-founders Dr. Lung Fong Chen, Thomas Chen, and Patrick Huang affirm their pride in facilitating this exhibit, which celebrates cultural understanding among the diverse communities of Queens.
A fully illustrated, exhibition catalogue with essays by the curators will be available for sale during the exhibition.
REWOVEN: Innovative Fiber Art From Taiwan
QCC Art Gallery, CUNY
March 16–June 10, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 30, 5–8 pm
Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College, CUNY
April 6–May 26, 2017
Opening reception: Thursday, April 6, 6–8 pm
El Museo de Los Sures, Brooklyn, NY
April 18–June 30, 2017
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 20, 6–8 pm
The Godwin-Ternbach Museum is located in 405 Klapper Hall at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, in Flushing, Queens. Additional information on the museum’s hours, exhibitions, programs, and collections is available at www.gtmuseum.org.
ABOUT THE GODWIN-TERNBACH MUSEUM
The Godwin-Ternbach Museum, a part of Queens College’s Kupferberg Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, presents contemporary and historical exhibitions and programs that provide exciting educational opportunities and aesthetic experiences to the Queens College community and residents of Queens, Manhattan, and Long Island. As the only collection of art and artifacts in the borough housing over 6,000 objects that date from ancient to modern times, the museum introduces visitors to works they might not otherwise encounter. Lectures, symposia, gallery talks, workshops, films, concerts, and tours as well as digital displays, catalogues, and an active website, complement and interpret the art on view, to serve the needs and interests of local communities. All exhibitions and programs are free.