Contemporary Voices: Angela Hennessy

Close up on the bottom of a woven and braided wreath
Angela Hennessy, Mourning Wreath (detail), 2017.


Join us online for a talk with artist Angela Hennessy on memorializing the dead as a critical act of survival and resilience. Many artists turn to their aesthetic and somatic practices in the face of loss. By their proximity to bodies, textiles are intimately positioned to serve in the work of mourning. As testimony, evidence and witness, textiles mediate the relationship between the living and the dead through structure, metaphor and materiality.

About Angela Hennessy

Angela Hennessy is an Oakland based artist and associate professor at California College of the Arts. Through writing, studio work and ritual performance, her practice questions assumptions about death and the dead themselves. Hennessy’s work has been featured in Sculpture Magazine, The New Yorker, Nat Brut, Surface Design Journal, Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture, and recently in exhibitions at the Museum of the African Diaspora, Pt. 2 Gallery and Southern Exposure. Hennessy has upcoming exhibitions at SOMArts, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles and Oakland Museum of California. She is a 2019 San Francisco Artadia Award winner.

How to Participate

This program will take place on Zoom. To participate, please register online, and we will email you a link and instructions for joining. Simply follow that link at the time the event starts (7 p.m. EST / 4 p.m. PST). When you register, you can also request to receive a reminder email one day before the program with the link included.

About Contemporary Voices

Meet innovative artists and scholars whose practice draws on textile materials, techniques or knowledge. This virtual series is presented in partnership with the Textile Society of America and is supported through the museum's Cynthia and Alton Boyer Fund for Education. Browse upcoming programs