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Queer Threads: Past, Present, Future

Queer Threads exhibition on display

Just what's so queer about threads? In this virtual presentation, curator John Chaich will explore the conceptual framework guiding the group and solo exhibitions Queer Threads, which explore how artists are remixing fiber and textile tradition to explore contemporary LGBTQ+ identities and ideas. He also will speak about the current Queer Threads: Curious Spaces exhibition series and programming presented in collaboration with Transformer in Washington, D.C., and he will preview an upcoming group exhibition at the San José Museum of Quilts and Textiles. 

This program is a collaboration with Transformer. Chaich will also moderate a virtual panel with two Queer Threads artists, André Terrell Jackson and Zoe Schlacter, on October 20.

About the Exhibition

The resurgence of fiber crafts both within and outside of the art world has coincided with a breakdown of gender and sexual binaries in culture at large. The evolving exhibition and book Queer Threads is committed to exploring contemporary fiber and textile practices by LGBTQ+ artists. The New York Times dubbed Queer Threads “judiciously racy," saying that it "takes you places you never thought you and your thimble would go.” Since its 2014 debut at the Leslie-Lohman Museum, the international and intergenerational group exhibition has traveled to Maryland Institute for Contemporary Art in Baltimore and the Boston Center for the Arts. The Washington, D.C. presentation of Queer Threads: Curious Spaces is hosted by Transformer.


About John Chaich

John Chaich is an independent curator and designer interested in otherness, materiality, and communication. Beyond Queer Threads, Chaich has curated a range of group and solo exhibitions exploring art and queer identity. He also co-edited the coffee-table book Queer Threads, which received the American Library Association’s 2018 Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award. Chaich received his MFA in Communications Design from Pratt Institute, where he is a visiting instructor.

About Transformer

Based in Washington, D.C., Transformer is an artist-centered nonprofit visual arts organization. Transformer provides innovative and supportive platforms for a diverse range of emerging artists and arts leaders to explore and present experimental artistic concepts, engage and build audiences for their work, and advance their careers. Transformer achieves its mission through extensive exhibition and programming with its educational, diplomatic, and institutional partners.

How to Participate

To participate, register online to get a link and instructions for joining the program on Zoom. Simply follow that link at the time the event starts  (6 p.m. ET). When you register, you can also request to receive a reminder email one day before the program with the link included.