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Wednesday, August 5, 4 – 5pm

#SeeingtheBarnes

Left: Erin M. Riley. Reflection, 2019. Courtesy of Erin M. Riley and PPOW, New York. Right: Diedrick Brackens. if you feed a river, 2019. © Diedrick Brackens. Courtesy of the artist, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, and Various Small Fires, Los Angeles

Free; registration encouraged

About the Event

Inspired by Marie Cuttoli: The Modern Thread from Miró to Man Ray, this online conversation explores how weaving traditions continue to intersect with contemporary art. From their studios, textile artists Diedrick Brackens and Erin M. Riley share their work and process in this special livestreamed event moderated by Barnes associate curator Cindy Kang. Join us for a conversation followed by a Q&A with the artists.

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About the Artists

Diedrick Brackens

Brackens’s tapestries explore allegory and narrative through autobiography as well as broader themes of African American and queer identity, and American history. The artist received a BFA from the University of North Texas, Denton, and an MFA in textiles from the California College of the Arts, Oakland. He is the 2018 recipient of the Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize from the Studio Museum in Harlem. Recent exhibitions include Darling Divined at the New Museum, New York, and Blessed Are the Mosquitoes at Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Erin M. Riley

Riley transforms found imagery into meticulous handwoven tapestries, often featuring provocative content about intimacy, the complexity of feminine identity, and current social issues. She received a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, and an MFA from Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia. Riley has recently exhibited at PPOW Gallery, New York, and Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco. She completed the Dieu Donné Workspace Program residency in 2019.