Jin Choi + Thomas Shine, The Urchins

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The Hunterdon Art Museum is organizing a groundbreaking exhibition Lace, not Lace: Contemporary Fiber Art from Lacemaking Techniques, which will open in September 2018.

And we need your help!

Also planned for this exhibition: Pierre Fouché, The Judgment of Paris (after Wtewael) II.

This unique exhibition will be curated by internationally known lace expert Devon Thein. It will showcase the work of contemporary fiber artists applying bobbin and needle lace techniques to a multitude of fibers and filaments in unlimited colors and textures to interpret their world. This exhibition will explore how lace makers are expanding the traditional boundaries of that art form and creating exciting work that investigates contemporary themes, materials and forms.

The work of more than 20 lace artists from across the United States and around the world will be highlighted in this exhibition, which will introduce bobbin and needle lace as techniques that reach beyond tradition and are now taking their place in contemporary art.

Our goal is to include two truly remarkable works of art in this exhibition: Choi + Shine’s The Urchins, (pictured above) an outdoor installation never before seen in the United States and Lieve Jerger’s Carriage of Lost Loves, a project she has spent decades creating.

 The Urchins is a large-scale installation reminiscent of sea urchins, created using crochet techniques. The Urchins installation is meant to shine in the sunlight during the day, and glow as it is illuminated at night, creating the sense that these giant, crocheted marine organisms have come out of the water to amaze and delight.

Jerger has spent nearly 40 years weaving her room-sized Carriage of Lost Loves, adapting ancient Flemish lace-making techniques and using copper wire to create her truly remarkable art.

Now, imagine seeing Choi + Shine’s The Urchins suspended over the Toshiko Takaezu Terrace and the waterfall in Clinton, and Jerger’s breathtaking carriage as one of the many highlights of this remarkable exhibition.

 It can happen, but we need your help! Your tax-deductible gift to the Hunterdon Art Museum’s Lace Fund will enable us to create what can be one of the greatest contemporaries exhibitions of lace in the United States.

If  you believe, as the Hunterdon Art Museum does, that Lace, not Lace is a significant and important exhibition, please consider a contribution of $200, $100, $50, $25 or whatever you feel is appropriate and send it to The Lace Fund, Hunterdon Art Museum, 7 Lower Center Street, Clinton, NJ 08809 or make a secure online donation via PayPal below. All gifts received for the Lace Fund will be used specifically for this exhibition. Donors giving  $50 or more will be recognized on a Donor List displayed at the opening reception.

We are seeking gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations to bring Lace, not Lace to fruition. If  you would  like to discuss how you can assist us in  this effort, please contact Donna Huron, Individual Giving Advancement Officer at extension 111 or Marjorie Frankel Nathanson, Executive  Director at extension 114. Thank you  for your support.

Image credit top: Jin Choi + Thomas Shine, The Urchins. 

Pierre Fouché, The Judgment of Paris (after Wtewael) II, 2015 Bobbin lace and macrame in polyester braid, 79 inches x 32 inches. Courtesy of the artist.


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