Weaving Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Namita Gupta Wiggers, Curator, MoCC, introduces an exhibition of work by design-craftsman Laurie Herrick.
Author and educator Elissa Auther discusses Laurie Herrick’s evolution as a weaver.
Download exhibition checklist and essays by Namita Gupta Wiggers and Elissa Auther (PDF)
Curator Namita Gupta Wiggers explores the many lectures and workshops that Laurie Herrick presented across the country in addition to her teaching at Oregon College of Art and Craft.
This set of research documents includes a chronological list of artwork by Laurie Herrick, along with a C.V. of exhibitions and awards, work in public collections, workshops, conferences, selected writings and publications.
Laurie Herrick believed that understanding the motions of weaving could make the process of weaving-by-hand less challenging. Her archives include "Weaving Motions," a slide presentation she gave at workshops, conferences and to her classes to help weavers understand the physical motions of weaving.
Deborah Valoma - Longing
Deborah Valoma, Longing, 2011, installation and performance integrating the sensual, spatial, and rhythmic dynamics of weaving and dance. Improvisational movement by Victor Alexander and Yismari Ramos Tellez. Music and sound by Arianna Brame and Petra Valoma. Filmed at the Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR, during Deborah Valoma's artist residency in conjunction with "Weaving, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow," a retrospective of the work of weaver Laurie Herrick curated by Namita Gupta Wiggers. Video via Ian Lucero on Vimeo.
Weaving Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Blog
Throughout the Laurie Herrick: Weaving Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow exhibition, five contemporary artists will participate in Museum residencies, creating personal responses to Herrick’s patterns and adding to this traveling exhibition. Using a blog on Untitled, PNCA's online magazine, as a portal, the artists respond to their time within the Museum, making work and engaging with visitors to the exhibition.
Visit the blog.
Craft Conversation: Pam Patrie
As part of her residency, local weaver Pam Patrie discusses her work.
Craft Conversation: Building Backwards
Hear how the experiences of four of Herrick’s students—Ann and Jon Sinclair, Ron Crosier and Maureen McNulty—compare with the project of Kristin Pesola, who translated Herrick’s notes and weavings into the publicly accessible drafts available on the Museum’s website. Moderated by Marci McDade, editor, FiberArts magazine.
CraftPerspectives Lecture: Elissa Auther
Drawing on her recently published String, Felt, Thread: The Hierarchy of Art and Craft in American Art, Elissa Auther discusses how Laurie Herrick’s weavings fit in historically with the decades in which they were made.
Exhibition Walkthrough: Laurie Herrick
Ann and Jon Sinclair, relatives of Laurie Herrick and weavers themselves, lead a guided walkthrough with curator Namita Wiggers, offering insight into the life of one of the Northwest’s most influential fiber artists.
Craft Conversation: Elizabeth Whelan
As part of her residency, textile designer Elizabeth Whelan discusses her work.
To provide ongoing access to Herrick’s work, weaving drafts and images of seven signature themes are available below. Click on the links to access detailed information, drafts, extended images, and inspiration boards incorporating Herrick’s notes, clippings and process.
The Museum invites anyone – locally to globally – to download weaving drafts, create their own works inspired by Herrick’s, and to upload images of their projects to the Museum’s Laurie Herrick Flickr Group. This community-oriented and interactive component offers ongoing access to Herrick as a resource and inspiration for future artists, craftspeople and designers.
March 17, 2011 – July 30, 2011
Curated by: Namita Gupta Wiggers, MoCC
Western States Arts Federation, National Endowment for the Arts, and The Ford Family Foundation
Portland-based Designer-craftsman Laurie Herrick created widely recognized weavings from the 1940s until her death in 1995. This retrospective exhibition explores weaving as a living craft. Selected drafts by Herrick are available on the web for artists worldwide to interpret and share via Flickr. Five contemporary artists have been invited to participate in Museum residencies, creating personal responses to Herrick’s patterns and adding to this traveling exhibition. View images from all related programming and residents’ projects here.
Read the Weaving Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow blog on Untitled, PNCA’s online Magazine. Using this blog as a portal, the five artists-in-residence respond to their time within the Museum, making work and engaging with visitors to the exhibition.
Additional exhibition support:
The Collins Foundation, Maribeth Collins, John Gray, Sue Horn-Caskey & Rick Caskey, Larry & Dorie Vollum, Steve & Tisha Vollum, John & Suzanne Bishop, Dorothy Lemelson, Carol Smith-Larson, Meyer Memorial Trust, Oregon Cultural Trust, The Standard , HW Irwin and DCH Irwin Foundation, The Jackson Foundation, Regional Arts & Culture Council
EXHIBITIONS AND PUBLIC PROGRAMS ARE SUPPORTED BY:
We are grateful for 75th Anniversary Anchor Support from the following
PNCA+FIVE Ford Institute for Visual Education
The Collins Foundation · The Ford Family Foundation · Meyer Memorial Trust · James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation · Western States Arts Federation · National Endowment for the Arts · Whiteman Foundation
Cynthia Addams · Ginny Adelsheim · Bank of America · John & Suzanne Bishop · Mary & Brot Bishop · Virginia Campbell · Maribeth Collins · Truman Collins · Sue Cooley · Anne & James F. Crumpacker · Czopek & Erdenberger · Carol Edelman · John Gray · Ray & Jere Grimm · Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation · Ronna & Eric Hoffman · Sue Horn-Caskey & Rick Caskey · HW Irwin & DCH Irwin Foundation · The Jackson Foundation · Selby Key · Connie Kiener · Anne Koerner · Sally & John Lawrence · Dorothy Lemelson · Doug Macy · Mary Maletis · Linda & Ken Mantel · Meyer Memorial Trust · M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust · Widney & Glenn Moore · Linda & Bill Nicholson · Oregon Cultural Trust · Oregon Potters Association · Paul G. Allen Family Foundation · PGE Foundation · Regional Arts & Culture Council · Dick & Deanne Rubinstein · Luwayne “Buzzy” Sammons · Arlene & Harold Schnitzer · Bonnie Serkin & Will Emery · Manya Shapiro · Joan & John Shipley · Ken Shores · Carol Smith-Larson · Al Solheim · Cornelia & William Stevens · The Standard · Susan Thayer Farago · US Bank · Vibrant Table Catering · Larry & Dorie Vollum · Steve & Tisha Vollum · Wessinger Foundation · Wyss Foundation · ZGF Architects LLP · ZIBA
With special thanks to: Willamette Week.