Moderated by Shannon Stratton with presentations by Crystal Gregory, Michael Milano & John Paul Morabito
Seating will be limited
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The panel discussion will focus on the gendered associations enmeshed within materials and craft practices. In conversation with Shannon Stratton, Chief Curator, Museum of Arts and Design, the artists will discuss their work in relation to the historical continuum that has assigned gender and meaning to their chosen materials and form of labor. The artists will consider the changing gender roles associated with fiber arts as its locus shifted from the handmade to the industrial, and describe their own reasons for engaging with these practices and materials.
Crystal Gregory is a sculptor whose work investigates textile structure through a variety of materials. She was granted a Full Merit Scholarship to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received an MFA from its Fiber and Material Studies Department. In 2013 Gregory was awarded The Leonore Annenberg Fellowship and moved to Amsterdam as an Artist-In-Residence at The Gerrit Rietveld Academie of Art. She has shown in galleries nationally and abroad and has received residency fellowships at Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and La Maison des métiers d’art de Québec. Gregory lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and teaches at Tyler School of Art in the Fiber and Material Studies Department.
Michael Milano is an artist and writer, living and working in Indianapolis. He received an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA in Humanities from Shimer College. He has shown at Devening Projects, Roots & Culture, Threewalls, Trunk Show, Peregrine Program, Adds Donna, and the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, and has written for Surface Design, Textile: Journal of Cloth and Culture, and Bad At Sports. He is also a member of the artist collective/study/exhibition space Adds Donna.
John Paul Morabito is an interdisciplinary artist working through the intersection of contemporary art and hand weaving. His work has been exhibited at the Bakalar and Paine Galleries at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA; the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI; Snyderman-
Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; the Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY; the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA; the Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA; the Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY; and the Local Lore Museum, Kherson, Ukraine. Collections include the Musée des maîtres et artisans du Québec, Montreal, QC, CA. Publications include Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture, Surface Design Journal, Fiberarts Magazine and American Craft Magazine. He holds a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Morabito teaches in the Department of Fiber and Material Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Shannon Stratton is the William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator, Museum of Arts and Design. Specific research interests include fiber/material studies and artist-run organizations. For twelve years Stratton served as the founder and director of Threewalls, a Chicago-based contemporary arts organization that presents exhibitions and public programs, and provides grants and resources to artists and other organizers. Her writing on craft has been included in Collaborations Through Craft, (Berg Publishing, 2012) and From Craftivism to Craftwashing, (Bloomsbury, 2015). Stratton received a BFA from Alberta College of Art and Design and an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies as well as an MA in Art History, Theory and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.