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Maggy Rozycki Hiltner: Not Quite Sew & Apron Strings: Ties to the Past

Start Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018
End Date: Saturday, August 11, 2018 Location: Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts

Maggy Rozycki Hiltner: Not Quite Sew

At first glance, Maggy Rozycki Hiltner’s idealized embroideries – hand-stitched from the salvaged and recycled materials she collects – invoke themes of nostalgia and whimsy. Closer inspection reveals more subversive connotations which explore the artist’s personal and universal critiques of gender, family and intimacy. Sometimes it’s a malicious undertone to the relationships, or a lack of self-control on the part of the characters, or maybe an “otherworldliness” hidden in the everyday.

The Ruth Funk Center is pleased to present Hiltner’s embroidered textiles in conjunction with the traveling exhibition Apron Strings: Ties to the Past.

Apron Strings: Ties to the Past

Although taken for granted by many social and art historians, the apron is the subject of a fascinating reevaluation in this exhibition. Apron Strings: Ties to the Past features fifty-one vintage and contemporary examples that review the apron’s role as an emotionally charged vehicle for expression with a rich and varied craft history that is still viable today.

Apron Strings is organized into several thematic groups addressing design, historical context, use, and cultural message. The exhibition serves as an excellent tool to bring together diverse parts of the community through shared experiences with, and memories of, a common, everyday textile.

A program of Exhibits USA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance and The National Endowment for the Arts.

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