Lesch | Oldham Needlework

Sept. 14-Sept. 30, 2022
Lesch | Oldham Needlework

Lesch | Oldham
Sept. 14-30, 2022
Reception: Thursday Sept. 29 | 5-8 PM
Cressman Center for Visual Arts
100 E Main St. Louisville, KY 40202

The Hite Institute of Art and Design is pleased to present “Lesch | Oldham: Needlework,” a two-person exhibition featuring Alma Lesch (1917-1999) and Elsa Oldham (b. 1983). The exhibition coincides with the annual meeting of the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art (IKT), a global consortium founded by Harald Szeemann, and is designed to offer a novel approach to art that is both nationally oriented and locally grounded. Lesch and Oldham are fiber and needle-based artists who work with material and cultural vernacular from Kentucky. But both artists also work at the intersection of representational-visual art and novel (sometimes even bewildering) technology in ways that are decidedly engaged with the most pressing visual problems of their moment. The exhibition thus begins to answer a question posed by the IKT conference: What might constitute art of “Global Appalachia.”  

We will be hosting a closing reception on Thursday September 29 from 5-8 PM. We hope you can join us! This event is free and open to the public.

The Cressman Center is Open Wed-Friday 11am-6 pm and Saturday 11 am -3 pm.

Images:  Left: Alma Lesch, Southern Gothic, 1973, fiber collage, 26” x 38”; Right, Elsa Hansen Oldham, Facing Ali (detail), 2017, silk and velvet hand embroidery on linen, quilted on cotton, 21” x 32”, Image courtesy the artist and Dickinson Gallery, New York

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