Making and Meaning: A Conversation with Betsy Greer & Crafting Democracy Artists
October 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Join us for a conversation about craftivism with stitcher, writer, and maker Betsy Greer (hellobetsygreer.com) and artists whose works are featured in the exhibition Crafting Democracy. We will also invite attendees to share their thoughts about the importance of craft and activism, its multiplicity of form, and potential for meaning-making.
Time: 6 pm
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This program is part of the Crafting Democracy exhibit, which is on display at the Davis Gallery from October 1 to December 1.
Crafting is another way of saying making. To craft is ultimately to make something, whether crafting an argument or crafting an object. Textile or fiber crafts—sewing, embroidery, knitting, crocheting, and weaving, to name just a few—have associations as “women’s work,” while also existing as artforms in a contemporary context. Perhaps we think of these objects with nostalgia: a warm sweater from a loved one, or sewing a quilt as a thrifty way to reuse fabric, processes that require time and seem to stem from a bygone era. But craft is anything but bygone. Craft was, and is, always political. Crafting Democracy, organized by Juilee Decker and Hinda Mandell, shows how objects of material culture can engage everyday citizens, including those of marginalized identities, as productive tools in deliberative democracies; craft can also aid those wanting their voices to be amplified through the process of making. Our goals in our exhibition and public events are to engage communities in thinking about democracy in ways that are accessible, open to all ages, hands-on, and meaningful. Crafting Democracy seeks to highlight examples of contemporary craft activism that have recently soared, placing them into conversation with their historical precedents. Crafting Democracy demonstrates the ways in which craft is employed as a tool of expression that gives voice to people who seek an active role in democracy.
Supported in part by a Humanities New York Action Grant.