Yesterday Pam took me for my first visit. I've been looking forward to this show since seeing/experiencing Ann Hamilton's The Event of a Thread back in January at the Park Avenue Armory in New York.
The Spencer Museum commissioned Hamilton and Schira to peruse the museum's collection for inspiration in creating the exhibition. Schira taught fiber arts at KU and Hamilton was her student once upon a time.
After culling through the myriad of art, creche figures with period clothing were discovered
and Hamilton was intrigued. She placed one on a scanner to see what would happen.
The area that touched the scanner bed best, printed most clearly. And that was magical. These images were then enlarged and enlarged again...and finally installed at the Spencer. Enjoy.
Cynthia Schira's portion of the exhibition tomorrow. You can glimpse it through the gates. Schira took sections - a button hole, a seam, etc. - from Hamilton's work and enlarged it into abstraction, wove it...and then some. And is truly magnificent.