Ancestors Traversing Quilts, Reception July 27th

July 24, 2017

Please join me Thursday, July 27th from 6-8PM for the opening reception of my new installation, Ancestors Traversing Quilts at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in Soho (26 Wooster St.). This project has been a long labor of love and I am incredibly excited for it to be on view at last. If you cannot make the opening, it will be up through September 10th.

Here is the text I wrote for the exhibition label:

“My work draws inspiration from a variety of sources: my Mormon pioneer ancestry, childhood play with ceramic figurines, my grandmother’s quilts, historical dioramas, and pop culture’s invented mythologies of the American West.

This installation grew out of pouring over my great-great-grandfather’s diary chronicling his immigrant journey from England to Utah Territory in 1853­­­—while confronting the absence of information about my great-great-grandmother who made the same journey, as a single woman without family, in 1855.

I would like to acknowledge that these quilts were made possible by the communal efforts of many. In gratitude.”

-Rachel Farmer

Ancestors Traversing Quilts (detail), 2017. Site-specific installation including ceramic, fabric, batting, and yarn. 77 x 258 x 20 in. Photograph (c) Riya Lerner

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