At MoCA, Textile Art by Women Fosters Change in the Social Fabric

Jun 22, 2022 | Arts, Fine | 0 comments

This mixed-media artwork by Silvana Soriano, “We (Are) the People,” will be on display at MoCA Westport.

WESTPORT — “Women Pulling at the Threads of Social Discourse,” an exhibit of women’s textile artworks with political and social themes, opens June 30 at MoCA Westport.

The exhibition, organized in collaboration with the Contemporary Art Modern Project and the Fiber Artists Miami Association, will run through Sept. 4 at the museum, 19 Newtown Turnpike.

An opening reception is planned Thursday, June 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is open to the public at no charge.

“The marriage of the female artist to the textile medium, both outwardly and socially expected to be weak, in the hands of these artists, is affirming that strength lies in durability, pliability and resolve,” Ruth Mannes, MoCA Westport’s executive director, said in a publicity release for the exhibit.

It was curated by Melanie Prapopoulos, Maria Gabriela Di Giammarco and Mario Andres Rodriguez of the CAMP Gallery, with locations in Westport and Miami, Fla.

Part of the exhibit originally was shown at the CAMP Gallery Miami, in partnership with Fiber Artists Miami Association in 2020. This inaugural collaboration “featured predominantly female artists exploring their relationship with themselves and their communities at the intersections of femininity, race, history and feminist sociopolitics,” according to the publicity release.


Above: This piece by  Laura Villareal, “Breaking Borders: Mapping of a Suffragette,” will be displayed at the MoCA Westport exhibition, “Women Pulling at the Threads of Social Discourse.”


Right: Alissa Alfonso’s “Earth Can’t Vote” will be shown in the exhibit from June 30-Sept. 4.

The version of the exhibition on display at MoCA Westport focuses on flags — “the flag banner is used as a metaphor or symbol of solidarity for the women of the suffrage movement and as an emblem of protest … [the flags are] assembled using mixed media and the fiber arts to ignite positive social change,” the exhibit publicity materials say.

Also on display will be works by sculptor Shelly McCoy and artist Aurora Molina, and an interactive fiber installation.

For more information about the exhibition, contact Liz Leggett, director of exhibitions for MoCA Westport, at liz@mocawestport.org or 203-222-7070. 

Laetitia Adam-Rabel’s “Red, White, and Pink: The Colors of Politics” is one of the textile artworks to be showcased in MoCA Westport’s “Women Pulling at the Threads of Social Discourse.”

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