BFA Visual & Critical Studies at the School of Visual Arts is pleased to announce Paisley, its first exhibition of the 2017-18 academic year. The show, curated by Peter Hristoff, will be held at the Flatiron Project Space Gallery, 133/141 West 21st Street from September 5 through October 7, with an opening reception on Thursday, September 14 from 6 to 8 pm. Paisley will present objects, ephemera, photographs, and textiles that have incorporated the paisley motif, as well as works by more than 40 contemporary artists interpreting it. Continuous slide shows on the gallery monitors will present hundreds of paisley images and a catalog with a foreword by Tom Huhn and an essay by Isabel Taube will accompany the exhibition.
Exhibiting artists include: Sarah Apollo, Maria Babikova, Steph Balich, Anna Bauer, Leigh Behnke, Oona Brangam-Snell, Luisa Caldwell, Santiago Chavez, Paloma Crousillat, Steven D’Arbenzio, Paul D’Innocenzo, Steve DeFrank, Xueing E, Katya Fine, Kayla Gibbons, Elizabeth Glaessner, Melissa Guido, Qiuyu Guo, Rachita Habbu, Muyi He, Jung Yoon Hong, Jiajia Huang, Keryn Huang, Jason Isolini, Suzanne Joelson, Dennis Kardon, Annette Lee, Marilyn Lerner, Cassandra Levine, Judith Linhares, Yiang Liu, Maharam, Judy Mannarino, Diana Marianovsky, Lily Maslanka, Material Technology & Logistics (MTL), Nicole McGrogran, Michelle Mercurio, Jon Nazareth, Olivades, Chae Won Park, Lillian Park, Fangjun Qu, Dominick Rapone, Jezneel Ross, Charles Rossi, David Sandlin, Kenny Scharf, Jeffrey Schiff, Lexi Shcroppe, Gary Stephan, Atif Toor, Charles H. Traub, Rene Trevino, Nina Tsur, Elif Uras, Mary Jo Vath, Justin Vega, Erika Verhagen, Yi Tung Wang, Joanna Wezyk, Kevin Wixted, I-Chia Wu, Xiaojie Wu, Benjamin Ryan Yankowy, Yiman Ye, among others.
The paisley motif has endured over the centuries to become an example of the interconnectedness of the many cultures that claim it as their own. From early trade routes to the present, it hasoften been re-interpreted and revitalized in textiles, jewelry, and other objects. A symbol for some, decoration for others, its continual re-definition—from leaf, to fertility image, to royal stamp, to shawl design, to a symbol of “Orientalism”— loads the shape with meanings that can be endlessly peeled back, layer by layer, as a fascinating lesson in history, politics, economics, and art.