We hope you can come to the exhibit and see the final result - but what you won't be able to see is all the hard work that went into preparing the exhibit. So this blog post takes you behind the scenes of some of the activity that goes into an exhibit installation.
When Kraig (the gallery manager) contacted us, he wasn't quite sure how much of the gallery space would be allocated to our exhibit so he encouraged us to think more items rather than less. Our members really took his advice to heart, this is my car packed with crocheted items. And this isn't even all the items that members lent for the exhibit!
This is the main gallery, the Joan Mondale Gallery at the start of the installation for Leslie Pontz's Shaping Space exhibit. Leslie is an artist who creates unique sculptures from crocheted wire combined with iron and other materials. The number of boxes is amazing - imagine how much care and precision it takes to pack an exhibit for shipment!
Until I saw both Leslie and Anna in action, I thought that all artists had a "team of elves" who did a gallery installation overnight, like magic. Not so!
We had not had time to see all our items in one place so Kraig immediately found us a room to work in. We called it our triage room and set to work there sorting and grouping items.
The installation actually continued for three days! All the pictures above were from the first day (Tuesday, March 4). Other members of our group came back on Wednesday - but work time that day was a somewhat limited because a local TV station was there to film some of the artists and activity at the Textile Center. At the end of the day Wednesday Kraig asked to have the items laid on tables in front of the walls where they were to be placed so that he could do the final hanging. On Thursday (the day of the opening), there were still signs to be hung and final placement to complete - so folks from our group continued to work that day alongside the Textile Center staff. Leslie pitched in to help us too - and, wow, the end result was stunning!
Here is a picture of the Joan Mondale gallery on opening night. Doesn't this look different from the picture at the beginning when Leslie and Kraig were starting to hang the work?
This is main wall in the Library Gallery that shows our exhibit sign and items that Joan provided for the exhibit. The center piece is a fillet crochet piece made by Joan's grandmother in 1936, the vest and skirt is a vintage outfit from the 1970's made by Joan's mother, and the tan outfit was made by Joan herself.
Remember the wall space above magazine rack? The team placed a line of purses above the rack and don't they look great!
And here are some more of the items in the Community Gallery: Carla's framed fillet, Jodi's teal vest, and Carol's "Unsquare Granny" cardi wrap.
Make sure you take some time to visit the current displays!
- Designing the Self: Anna Carlson - runs through May 3, 2014
- Start Seeing Crochet: Crochet Twin Cities - runs through May 10, 2014
- Shaping Space: Leslie Pontz - runs through May 31, 2014