Threads: Weaving Humanity

Friday, July 19, 2019 - Friday, October 25, 2019

VENUE: Park Grounds

Threads: Weaving Humanity
Photo: Isaiah Plaza


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Threads: Weaving Humanity features new textile works throughout Montalvo's historic gardens and grounds by a group of emerging international artists. These newly commissioned works use braiding, stitching, patching, and mending as a metaphor for weaving the threads of our diverse communities into a shared social fabric. 

Highly sensitive to the elements, fiber works are traditionally displayed inside carefully controlled environments of galleries and museums. Serving as an analogy for our human vulnerabilities, Threads: Weaving Humanity places these works outdoors where we can appreciate and witness the fragility and the resilience of the materials as they interact with the natural surroundings. Many of the works on view will be created in collaboration with the local community and offer opportunities for conversation about connecting through our shared humanity, including practicing kindness, compassion, integrity, respect, empathy, forgiveness, and self-reflection.

  • Hellen Ascoli, Caravan
    By Hellen Ascoli

    Within Montalvo’s Italianate Garden and along the Great Lawn, you will find Caravan by Hellen Ascoli, an artist, weaver, and mediator living and working in Guatemala City, Guatemala and ...

  • Sudnya Shroff, A Common Thread
    By Sudnya Shroff

    Sudnya Shroff is an interdisciplinary artist based in Los Altos, California. She has been invited to create a participatory installation in Montalvo’s gardens which will represent her commitment to ...

  • Forgiveness, The Misplaced Grace Forgiveness, The Misplaced Grace
    By RoCoCo

    At the base of the Great Lawn once sat four statues atop pedestals, referencing the four seasons. Today, the fourth pedestal is empty, its statue likely destroyed in a past ...

  • I Dreamed About Walking in the Sky I Dreamed About Walking in the Sky
    By Yasmin Jahan Nupur

    In these brightly hued and hand-embroidered panels, you will read the concerns, hopes, and dreams of the artist as she considers the questions facing humanity today. Bangladeshi artist Yasmin Jahan ...


  • Threads: Weaving Humanity FRI JULY 19, 2019 6 P.M. (Park Grounds)
    Art on the Grounds Festival:
    Threads: Weaving Humanity

    Montalvo Arts Center and the Lucas Artists Program are excited to invite you to join us in a celebration of humanity. Together, we will become a living tapestry. Threads: Weaving Humanity features four newly commissioned works of textile by five ...

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