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25 Sep 2018

Artist Talk + Workshop | Natalia Nakazawa: Unarchiving Woven Histories

At the Self-Taught Genius Gallery
Long Island City, Queens

Natalia Nakazawa is a Queens-based artist working across multiple disciplines, including painting, textiles, and social practice. In conjunction with Handstitched Worlds: The Cartography of Quilts, Natalia will present “Unarchiving Woven Histories,” an artist talk, exhibition walk-through, and collaborative quilt-making workshop that explores the stories embedded in everyday materials and things.

This three-part program begins with a presentation on Natalia’s practice, touching on Orhan Pamuk’s “Modest Manifesto for Museums.” Her current traveling tapestry project, Our Stories of Migration, reconsiders objects from the collections of major institutions as tangible and intimate textiles for individuals to engage with through personal mapping and hand sewing. In the gallery, Natalia and exhibition curator Sarah Margolis-Pineo will unpack a selection of works on view, examining what material, pattern, and motif can reveal about quilts and the women who stitched them. To wrap up the program, participants will be invited to create a quilt square using materials brought to the workshop for their history and personal significance. Completed quilt squares will be cataloged and digitized to create a zine that will be distributed to participants and entered into the American Folk Art Museum archive. Following the program, light refreshments will be served.

Free; registration recommended. Capacity is limited for the workshop component.

Please note that this program takes place on the second floor, which is accessed by stairs. For participants who require an elevator, please email to make arrangements in advance.

In-kind support provided by Designtex, the leading company in the design and manufacturing of applied materials for the built environment. |


Natalia Nakazawa received her MFA in studio practice from California College of the Arts, a MSEd from Queens College, and a BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work has been exhibited at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan (New York, NY), Wassaic Project (Wassaic, NY), Museum of Arts and Design (New York, NY), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY), The Noyes Museum of Art (Atlantic City, NJ), Old Stone House (Brooklyn, NY), Project for Empty Space (Newark, NJ), The Space for Public Art (New York, NY), Blackburn 20|20 Gallery (New York, NY), Casa de la Ciudad (Oaxaca, Mexico), Queens Museum of Art (Queens, NY), Topaz Arts Inc. (Queens, NY), and ISE Cultural Foundation (New York, NY).

Image credit: Our Stories of Migration (installed at the Old Stone House in Brooklyn); 2017; jacquard woven tapestry and yarn; 71 x 106 in. Photo by Etienne Frossard.


Read the ‘zine Unarchiving Woven Histories: A Collection of Stories and Quilt Stories.



47-29 32nd Place
Long Island City, NY 11101

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Subway: 7 train to 33rd Street, walk 2 blocks

Bus: Q32, Q39, Q60

6:30 pm–9:00 pm

Free; registration recommended