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Department ofArt and Art History

Common Thread

Common Thread

Exhibition Dates: Nov 13, 2023 - Feb 2, 2024

Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building
Art and Art History Gallery
Gallery Hours: M-F, 9am-4pm
Closure dates: Nov 20-24, Dec 18-Jan 5, & Jan 15

Featuring Artists: Alice Beasley, Kira Dominguez Hultgren, Michelle Kingdom

Artist Talk and Reception: Jan 18, 2024, 5-7pm, Dowd Lobby
This event is free and open to the public.

Kira Dominguez Hultgren

Kira Dominguez Hultgren
In the Silence Between Mother Tongues, 2022
Silk from a salwar and chunni that my grandmother wore; two nalas; rope from my favorite Utah climbing gym; paracord; found wood, plastic, and metal loom bars, heddle rods, and shed rods; eye bolts; handspun wool; skin dyed and acid dyed wool; digital-hand woven fabric in mostly cotton, mohair, and metallics; various other yarns and cut up fabrics in cotton, wool, acrylic, linen, and mohair.
92" x 55" x 12"

Threads in common, threads in conversation, threads as keepers of identity, history, and memory. Common Thread features artists Alice Beasley, Kira Dominguez Hultgren, and Michelle Kingdom. Works in the exhibition include Alice Beasley’s stitched and quilted figurative pieces, the research based woven installations of Kira Dominguez Hultgren, and allegorical embroidered compositions by Michelle Kingdom.

Common threads intersect to bring together three artists with a shared commitment to textiles. Works in the exhibition are imbued with narratives, each discrete, but collectively create a dialogue around themes of identity, memory, history, and loss. Fabric, stitches, warp, and weft reveal matters both personal and universal. Similarly, each artist’s practice involves working in mediums considered traditional modes of female creative production. Building upon this legacy, Beasley, Dominguez-Hultgren, and Kingdom’s distinctive works take shape with diverse materials and innovative methods, presenting unique perspectives as they contribute to contemporary textile art.

Marianne K. McGrath, Guest Curator

In compliance to ADA/504, please direct your accommodation request to Mitch Grieb at at least 72 hours prior to the event.