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Color Improvisations 2: An International Exhibition of Contemporary Quilts
Curated by Nancy Crow
May 30–September 23, 2018

Opening Reception | All are Welcome!
Wednesday May 30, 6–7:30 pm

Color Improvisations 2 is an exhibition of contemporary quilts curated by Nancy Crow, one of North America’s most celebrated and influential quiltmakers and teachers. The exhibition includes 25 spectacular large-format quilts by artists from Canada, Germany, Scotland, Switzerland and the United States – including a piece by Nancy Crow. The project grew out of Crow’s interest in celebrating the “majesty, strength and energy of large textile works.” Color Improvisations 2  showcases the group’s collective use of rich, solid colours, improvisational piecing, and intricate machine quilting at the service of pure abstract design, all while maintaining the strong individual identity of each artist. This exhibition is presented by Color Improvisations 2, NA.

Jane Kidd: Curious
ON NOW until June 10, 2018

Curious presents masterful conceptual and technical hand-woven tapestries by celebrated Canadian artist Jane Kidd. Her textiles buzz with curiosity and urgency as she creates images that draw attention to pertinent contemporary issues, such as genetic modification and human manipulations of the environment. The exhibition presents four recent series, dating from 2009-2018: Land Sentence, Curiosities, Wonderland, and Phenomena, as well as the artist’s selection of pieces from the Museum’s collection that artfully illustrate individual and cultural ingenuity in the techniques of tapestry weaving over nearly two millennia.
Jane Kidd: Curious is generously supported by the Hal Jackman Foundation.

Activities at the Textile Museum of Canada:

Quilts as Art: A History

Lecture with Robert Shaw
Thursday May 31, 6-7:30 pm

Contrary to popular belief, the earliest European and American quilts were not made from scraps but from expensive materials, and were special pieces intended for use by guests or as gifts that memorialized significant occasions. Based on his critically acclaimed book, American Quilts: The Democratic Art, independent scholar and curator Robert Shaw will present a history of such textiles and provide a context for the contemporary artist-made quilts in the exhibition.

General $20; TMC Members $15; Students $10 Advance registration is required as space is limited.
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Illustration by John Tenniel, from The Nursery “Alice” , London: Macmillan and Co. 1890

Curious Conversations
Learn more about the subjects that inspire Jane Kidd’s work.

Saturday June 2, 1-2 pm

Join us for an Alice in Wonderland inspired storytime and hands-on activity in the gallery! Liz Johnston, storyteller extraordinaire from Toronto’s beloved Mabel’s Fables bookstore, will lead this family-friendly program. All are welcome. Storytime recommended for ages 3-6. | Free with admission. Learn more.

About Liz Johnston

Liz Johnston is a Toronto based actor and improviser. She is also the manager and resident storyteller at Mabel’s Fables Bookstore. She is part of the repertory company at the Bad Dog Theatre Company and a member of the Monkey Toast Players. Liz regularly performs as an improviser in Toronto and has taught and performed in the States, Europe, and Asia. Currently, she is working on a new improvised farce for the Fringe. You can catch Entrances and Exits as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival from July 4th-17th. She can also be seen regularly on Nickelodeon’s new show Star Falls. Liz has selected some of her favourite interpretations of Alice In Wonderland to share.

Hodgepodge: Making it Happen!
Thursday June 21, 6-7:30 pm

In this richly illustrated lecture, celebrated quiltmaker Nancy Crow will cover the three cornerstones of her creative life: developing her acclaimed studio practice; curating two major traveling exhibitions including ‘Color Improvisations 2’; and building her new studio in rural Baltimore, Ohio.

General $20; TMC Members $15; Students $10 Advance registration is required as space is limited.
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A Special Evening with Quiltmaker and Curator Nancy Crow
Friday June 22, 6-7:30 pm

Join us for an intimate wine and cheese reception and gallery tour with Nancy Crow, curator of Color Improvisations 2. Guests will be treated to lively conversation as Nancy shares her thoughts and observations about the quilts in the exhibition.

General $50; TMC Members $40 Advance registration is required as space is limited.
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