Fall 2020 Exhibitions

Crafting Democracy

Davis Gallery, October 1-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.


October 15
"Dressing for Change: The Black Political Aesthetic in Early Twentieth Century New York City"
The early twentieth century was a critical moment in black women’s struggle for civil rights. This lecture examines how black women in New York City during this era used dress and sartorial style in their claim for full citizenship.
Janette Gayle, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of History, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Location: Zoom
Time: 5 pm

October 22, October 23, October 24
Zine binding workshop facilitated by Laura Rowley, to bind a zine on craft and democracy in the Finger Lakes
Location: October 22: lawn outside Houghton House; October 23: Finger Lakes Visitors Center pavilion, Geneva; October 24: lawn outside the Ovid Public Library
Time: 1-5 pm in Geneva, 11 am-1 pm in Ovid

October 29
"Making and Meaning: A Conversation with Betsy Greer & Crafting Democracy Artists"
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.
Location: Zoom
Time: 6 pm

November 13
Viewing and discussion of Wool and War films with filmmakers Trish FitzSimons and Madelyn Shaw
Viewers watch the documentaries on their own time
Location: Q&A with filmmakers on Zoom
Time: 7 pm
Crafting Democracy Website

Crafting Democracy

Humanities NY

We are grateful to Humanities NY for their generous assistance in our programming.

The Line North Surrounds Us with its Deserts

Gabriella D'Angelo and James McCorkle
Solarium Gallery, October 1-November 1

The Line North Surrounds Us with its Deserts is at its heart a group of poems, written, visual, and spatial, which fuse together documentation, commentary, lists, and visual components composed of ‘found' fragments and visually-directed typography. The project is a series of intersecting topologies that emphasize terrains marked by various forms of crossings and erasures, moving beyond a witnessing or indictment of the current approach to the southern border to address global conditions.

The Line North

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Sash Memorial, Worn exhibition

Completed sashes can be dropped off at the Davis Gallery. A partial installation will take place in November.

Sash Memorial is a community project that asks visitors and community members to reinterpret the iconic “Votes for Women” sash by creating their own versions. By removing the word “women” from this phrase, participants can recognize someone they know who embraces justice, equality, and human rights. Sash Memorial celebrates the people who have a positive impact on our lives yet often go unrecognized for their efforts.

Sash Memorial, Worn exhibition website

Sash Memorial

PDF of Sash Memorial instructions