Thinking Art into Being: Ruth Miller’s Contemporary Embroidery
Beau Rivage Resort & Casino Gallery of African American Art
June 13 — August 19, 2017
How do artists make art? One answer will be on view in our upcoming exhibition of embroidered tapestries created by Ruth Miller. Primarily portraits, these hand-stitched tapestries are often mistaken for paintings. When her work is seen for the first time, Ruth is often asked, “How do you do that?” Knowing that the process of stitching with thread is inherently simple, Ruth counters by saying, “What I think they really mean is, how do I think them into being.” To shine a light on her artistic process, Ruth is making available several preliminary reference materials and explanatory texts for display along with finished pieces.
In making this presentation, the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art finds itself in alignment with Christine Macel, Chief Curator of the Pompidou Center in Paris, who intends to highlight the artistic process in her curation of the 57th Venice Biennale. Discussing her plans, Ms Macel is quoted in the New York Times calling it “a Biennale designed with artist, by artists and for artists.” She goes on to add, “not all art should be about politics. It’s only one dimension.”
We at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art invite you to come see Ruth Miller’s work and get a glimpse into her methodology.
This exhibition is funded by the Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.