Wed., April 15, 2015 at 7 pm

Free for TSGNY’s Full, Donor, and Student Members. $10.00 for Newsletter Subscription Members and Guests. Admission fees support TSGNY’s Nancy and Harry Koenigsberg Award.

Meeting Location
Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist 40 E. 35th St. (between Park & Madison Avenues), New York, NY. (Entrance at street level on the far right of the church itself; doorway marked #40.)


April 15: Guest Speaker Rod Kiracofe

Roderick Kiracofe’s newest book, Unconventional & Unexpected: American Quilts Below the Radar, 1950-2000, published by Abrams was released September 2014 and is already being called a classic. He is the author of the critically acclaimed The American Quilt: A History of Cloth & Comfort (1993, 2004) and Cloth & Comfort: Pieces of Women’s Lives from Their Quilts and Diaries (1994), published by Clarkson Potter Publishers (Random House). His books have received rave reviews in the New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, USA Today, Associated Press, among others and in magazines and blogs around the world.

 He co-founded The Quilt Digest and curated “Showcase” for volumes 1-5 (1983-1987); published Homage to Amanda: 200 Years of American Quilts for the three-year traveling exhibition under the auspices of SITES (Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Services); wrote the Introductions for A Quilter’s Wisdom (1994, Chronicle Books) and Going West! Quilts and Community (2007, Smithsonian American Art Museum)

 He served as a consultant to the California Heritage Quilt Project. His expertise was used for the majority of quilt search days over a two year period to assess and date quilts brought in by hundreds of families. He consulted on the selection of quilts for the museum exhibition and accompanying book, Ho for California (1990).

Upon the formation of Studio Art Quilts Associates (SAQA), the first national organization to promote art quilts, he served on its first Board.

The City of Oakland California has a vibrant Arts District in the Uptown area due to ideas he implemented in the late 1990s to renovate apartments and commercial spaces in a cluster of properties and reached out to the artist community to fill them. He served for many years on the Board of Oakland Art Murmur, two years as President. He currently sits on the Advisory Council.

Mr. Kiracofe is an art collector and has assembled one the largest private collections of “unique” 20th century quilts and quilt tops. Quilts were projected and shown as part of the public programming for Allison Smith’s exhibition “Fancy Work” at SFMOMA in 2010. His quilts have been included in exhibitions at San Jose (CA) Museum of Quilts & Textiles Whatcom Museum, Bellingham (WA), and Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma (CA).

As an artist, he work has been included in several group shows in the Bay Area. His video installation piece done in collaboration with Jason Hanasik was included in the “Paper Quilt Project: Collaborations in Contemporary Craft” at the Berkeley Art Center, October – December, 2011; “The Cradle Project”, Alter Space Gallery, San Francisco, April – May, 2014; and “New Bed”, Krowswork, Oakland, October – December 2014.

Upcoming Speakers 

May 20, 2015: David Paul Bacharach, metalsmith artist

June 17, 2015: Annual Members' Showcase of Current Work

Additional meetings may be announced if a Visiting Artist's schedule permits a speaking engagement with TSGNY. 

Previous Speakers

For many years, members of the Textile Study Group of New York have been attending monthly programs featuring artists and authorities representing all aspects of the world of fiber.

2014-2015 Roster of Speakers:
     September – Matthew Cox, embroidery, painting.
     October – Anne Wilson, sculpture, drawing, performance.
     November – Jane Lackey, drawings, sculpture, installations 
     December – Olivia Valentine, lacemaking, photography
January – Suzanne Tick, handwaving, sculpture
     February – Elizabeth Billings, ikat, installations 

During TSGNY’s 2013–2014 program year, these outstanding speakers presented programs about their work:

September – Warren Seelig, influential weaver who also teaches, lectures, curates, and writes about textile subjects.
October – Luci Arai, traditional sashiko embroidery on sumi-ink painted Japanese papers.
November – Beatrice Coron, papercutter who creates silhouette designs using an X-acto knife, paper, and Tyvek.
December – Pat Oleszko, street, stage, screen performance artist whose work ranges from humorous to absurd.
January – Glenn Adamson, newly applointed Director of the Museum of Arts and Design. 
February – Nathalie Miebach, translates meteorological, ecological, and oceanographic data into woven sculptures. 
March – Cynthia Schira, early proponent of computer-based weaving with an international reputation.
April – Dorothy Gill Barnes, sculptor who works with wood she harvests from felled trees.
May – Diane Savona preserves antique clothing and tools by sewing their structures under and onto vintage cloth.
June – Show of Members' Work

For a more detailed listing of our guest speakers click here.