Where: Piedmont Center for The Arts
When: February 13, 2014, 7pm – 8:30pm
$5 Entry fee at the door
The East Bay Modern Quilt Guild is very excited to present an evening with the artist, Ben Venom and author, collector, and curator, Roderick Kiracofe as they each discuss their work. You can read more about each speaker below. We hope to see you there!
Piedmont Center for the Arts
February 13th, 7 – 8:30pm
$5 entry at the door, no advance ticket sales
Roderick Kiracofe is the author of many critically acclaimed books, including, The American Quilt: A History of Cloth & Comfort and Cloth & Comfort: Pieces of Women’s Lives from Their Quilts and Diaries. He self-published his latest books, QUILTS 1 and QUILTS 2 and many of the quilts from those books were showcased as part of a special collection at Quiltcon. His newest book, Unconventional & Unexpected: American Quilts Below the Radar, 1950-2000, published by Abrams, will be released in Autumn 2014.
He co-founded The Quilt Digest and curated “Showcase” for volumes 1-5 (1983-1987); produced and designed Yvonne Porcella: A Colorful Book and was a regular participant on the PBS series The Great American Quilt, one of PBS’ most popular series. He was a consultant to the California Heritage Quilt Project and consulted on the selection of the quilts for the exhibition and book Ho for California. He served on the first board of directors for Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) and more locally, he currently serves on the Board of Oakland Art Murmur.
Mr. Kiracofe is an art collector and has assembled one the largest private collections of “unique” 20th century quilts and quilt tops. He was also actively involved in the creation of some of this country’s most important private and corporate quilt collections including Bank of America, Levi Strauss & Co., Esprit de Corp among others. He has curated exhibitions in the US and Japan and quilts from his collection have been shown in several museums.
If you happened upon the massive quilt at Bay Area Now at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in 2011, then you’ve seen the work of Ben Venom. It’s fresh and exciting and it has gotten a lot of attention! His work has been shown in galleries and museums in many cities in the US and Europe. He’s been featured on blogs, magazines, and even been interviewed on NPR.
We at East Bay Modern can’t wait to hear him talk more about his work, his influences, and his journey into the world of quilting.