Please join HCCC for a last look at our fall exhibitions, For Hire: Contemporary Sign Painting In America, Storyline: The Contemporary Quilt and Head Gear.
Check out the completed signs in For Hire: Contemporary Sign Painting in America, an exhibition that explores the rich history and current renaissance of hand-lettered signs in the United States. While some pieces were installed from the start of the show, others were created in the gallery, during public hours, over the course of the exhibition. Learn from HCCC Curator Kathryn Hall about the design and installation process, the variety of sign-painting processes, and leave with a new appreciation of the devotion, talents, and personalities behind this time-honored craft.
Ever wonder what the back of an art quilt looks like? This is your chance to look “under the hood” and check out the quilting stitches and piece work in Storyline: The Contemporary Quilt with Houston quilt expert Teresa Duryea Wong. Wong is the author of two books on Japanese quilts and textiles: Japanese Contemporary Quilts and Quilters: The Story of an American Import (2015) and Cotton and Indigo from Japan (2017). She travels to Japan often to research and write and travels throughout the U.S. to lecture. She holds a master of liberal studies degree from Rice University, and, in 2014, she was named the Faith P. and Charles L. Bybee Scholar by the Texas Quilt Museum and the Bybee Foundation. She has been a quilt maker for 20 years and is also a handbag designer who makes handcrafted leather bags for her own label, mariejay.
Finally, check out Head Gear, featuring three artists who use masks and portraiture to perform, interrogate, and subvert constructed identities. Inspired by the historical uses of armor and veils, Kate Clements, Arielle DePinto, and Matt Lambert explore the implications of concealing and revealing oneself through ornament. Learn how these artists are experimenting with classic archetypes like beauty queens, brides, widows, athletes, and soldiers to create entirely new and complex identities.