Alexander Hernandez, Figure 004

Alexander Hernandez, Figure 004

Thread Heads: New Bay Area Fiber Art
Opening Reception: Saturday, Oct 21, 6 - 8 pm
Free and open to the public

Join us for the unveiling of this intricate show juried by Marion ColemanKaren Hampton, and Tali Weinberg

In the early 1970s, a craft revolution swept the country. It coincided with the burgeoning women’s movement, the gay rights movement, the back-to-land movement, and many other movements which were coalescing in the wake of the Vietnam War protests. Berkeley artists were at the center of this, and gave rise to groundbreaking work that challenged the traditional association of women with textiles in the domestic sphere.

The exhibition examines the current state of Bay Area fiber arts and pose the question: “What social and political circumstances are influencing the craft movement of the new millennium?” Artists include: Alice Beasley, Lia Cook, Alexander Hernandez, Lily Homer, Karrie Hovey, Renee Owen, Laura Raboff, Ruth Tabancay, LaQuita Tummings, Ama Wertz, Alice Wiese, and NIAD Art Center.

Thread Heads is partially funded by a grant from the Zellerbach Family Foundation.


Crochet Jam with Ramekon O'Arwisters
Sunday, November 5, 1 - 4 pm
Free and open to the public

Ramekon O'Arwisters started Crochet Jam in 2012. His social-art practice is rooted in a cherished childhood memory that's steeped in the African-American tradition of weaving in a calm and non-judgmental environment without rules or limitations. Crochet Jams engage the public to think differently about the role of art within community and the power of art within society. No experience necessary - no attempt made to dictate the creative process nor judge the finished project.

partially funded by the Zellerbach Family Foundation

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Book Launch: Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman
Thursday, November 16, 6 pm
Free and open to the public

Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman is a memoir by Matilda Rabinowitz with commentary and original drawings by artist Robbin Légère Henderson. Rabinowitz (1887-1963) immigrated to the United States from Ukraine at the age of thirteen. Radicalized by her experience in sweatshops, she became an organizer for the Industrial Workers of the World from 1912 to 1917 and wrote a regular column "On the Left" for the Socialist Newsletter in Los Angeles. Matilda's granddaughter, Robbin Légère Henderson illustrates Rabinowitz’s life and journey in black-and white-scratchboard drawings. This memoir challenges assumptions about the lives of early twentieth-century women as they rejected intellectual and social restrictions to seek political and economic equality.

Join Robbin Henderson (former BAC Director) for a reading and discussion of this incredible memoir. Wine and cheese reception to follow.