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Sheila Hicks: Material Voices
October 6, 2016 - February 5, 2017

Opening reception: Wednesday October 5, 6:30 – 8 pm
Karin Campbell, exhibition curator, will be in attendance

The Textile Museum of Canada is pleased to host the first presentation of American artist Sheila Hicks’ work in Canada. Drawing on global weaving traditions as well as the history of painting and sculpture, graphic design, and architecture, Hicks has redefined the role of fibre in art and influenced a generation of contemporary artists with her interdisciplinary visual language. From monumental architectural interventions to her more intimate textile works, the artist's singular approach to materials exemplifies her masterful articulation of colour, texture, space and scale.

Sheila Hicks: Material Voices spans 50 years of Hicks’ prolific career, capturing the renowned breadth of her work from large scale installations to small weavings made in response to specific places or memories, and from free-standing sculptures that combine supple materials with found objects to recent watercolours and mohair drawings on paper. Placing older work in conversation with the new, the exhibition evokes Hicks' understanding of her own practice as a continuous, open field that allows for innovation, appropriation and constant reinvention.

Material Voices is accompanied by a fully-illustrated colour catalogue published by Joslyn Art Museum, and will be available in the Museum Shop.

Learn more about the exhibition.
For information about public programming related to the exhibition, visit www.textilemuseum.ca/programs

Sheila Hicks: Material Voices has been organized by Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska. The exhibition is generously supported by Partners in Art, the United States Consulate General in Toronto, and the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation, and is part of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival.

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About the Textile Museum of Canada
The Textile Museum of Canada has a 40-year history of exploring ideas and building cultural understanding. Connecting contemporary art and design to international textile traditions, this national museum is one of Canada’s most engaging arts institutions welcoming thousands of visitors from across the country and around the world each year. The Museum’s permanent collection spans 2,000 years and consists of over 13,000 artifacts from virtually every country and region, uniquely positioning the Museum to speak to global culture as well as our increasingly global communities. A leader in the digitization of collections and interactive environments, the TMC is as “high tech” as “high touch” – recognized for its innovation in the development of landmark educational, research and creative initiatives.


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