The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Unidentified Woman by Jodi Colella at Historic Northampton

Unidentified Woman is an exhibition in response to the collections of Historic Northampton by Boston based artist Jodi Colella.
WHERE: Historic Northampton 46 Bridge Street, Northampton, MA 01060
WHEN:  March 10 - April 9, 2017 
Opening Reception: Arts Night Out, Friday, March 10 5-8 pm
Gallery Talk: Margaret BruzeliusSunday, April 2 2pm 
Jodi Colella engages with headwear and daguerreotypes from the museum's collections and responds to forces that have shaped women's identities since the 18th century.  From the poke bonnet to the hijab women in particular have been subjugated by fashion dictates and social norms. Colella's headwear sculptures become a vehicle for a subversive coded language addressing the play between women's visibility and invisibility. 

The show's title, Unidentified Woman, refers to the poignant anonymity of the daguerreotypes of women whose names and identities have been long forgotten. Mirroring larger cultural forces, Colella stitches together past and present identity politics to provide an alternative chronology where expression replaces suppression and sewing equals activism.

In Unidentified Woman Colella fuses her personal experience with her ideology to create work that contributes to the progress of both art and feminism.

Images:  POKE (bonnet), embroidery, patches, mixed fibers, wool shirt, 35x16x16 inches, 2017
               BOUND, found tintype, embroidery, mixed fibers, 3x2 inches, 2016 
Photo:    Will Howcroft, Jodi Colella

This Program is supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council, a local agency
which is supported by the Mass. Cultural Council, a state agency.

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