The Nowness of Then: Lillian Tyrell’s Disaster Blankets & Objections and Connections: Fiber Artists Talk Back

The Nowness of Then: Lillian Tyrell's Disaster Blankets & Objections and Connections: Fiber Artists Talk Back
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Date(s) - 09/15/2017 - 10/26/2017
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Sculpture Center



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Lilian Tyrrell’s (1944-2007) complete series of Disaster Blankets was last exhibited at SPACES gallery in 2004. Lilian was profoundly dismayed and shocked by the world news and drew directly from television images for her own imagery. The themes that she tackled so boldly and ruthlessly in these large tapestries – such as the KKK, the tragedy of 9/11, international terrorism, starvation in underdeveloped countries, degradation of the environment, American military aggression, and the rise of Islamist militancy – are still with us today. Rather than diminishing in importance, they have magnified. I felt it incumbent upon The Sculpture Center to show a selection of eight of these magnificent tapestries to a new generation and to remind all of us of their prescience and currency.

The anger of artists hasn’t been extinguished in the intervening 10 years since Lilian’s untimely death. The accompanying curated exhibition, Objections and Connections, Fiber Artists Talk Back, shows the work of five exceptional fiber and multimedia artists of our region who have taken up these issues and others.


Opening on September 15th
The Artists’ Talk, 6:15 p.m. in the Euclid Avenue Gallery
Brinsley Tyrrell’s Talk, 7 p.m. in the Main Gallery