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Exhibition :: Kay Sekimachi – Student, Teacher, Artist at De Young, San Francisco

WSN friend and  Bay area icon Kay Sekimachi’s , first solo exhibition is now open at De Young Museum in San Francisco.


Where: T.B. Walker Textile Education Gallery, De Young Museum, San Francisco

When: April 23, 2016November 6, 2016

Timing: Open Tuesdays through Sundays | 9:30 am to 5:15 pm

Contact: 415.750.3600

Produced in close collaboration with San Francisco native Kay Sekimachi (b. 1926), a pioneer in the post-World War II fiber art movement, the exhibition Kay Sekimachi: Student, Teacher, Artist offers a glimpse into the working processes of one of America’s most important weavers.


Kay Sekimachi, “Wave”, 1980. Image : Fine Arts Museum of SF

During the 1960s and 1970s, the fiber art movement gave textile traditions new expression, pushing them into the realms of sculpture, installation, and performance art. Sekimachi carved out a unique place for herself during this fertile period. Sekimachi is also a life-long teacher and for the first time ever is sharing her early studies to demonstrate the links between education, discipline, and the mastery of one’s craft.


Kay Sekimachi, “Katsura”, 1971. PC : M. Lee Fatherree

Throughout her six-decade-plus career, Sekimachi has explored the infinite possibilities of the double weave, a technique in which she used one warp to produce two-layer cloth and three-dimensional forms. In 1963, Sekimachi began experimenting with monofilament, a then-new material from DuPont Chemical; the resultant sculptures became a defining moment in her career. This exhibition showcases Katsura (1971), a seminal artwork from this series, and a recent acquisition to the Museum’s textile arts collection.

For more information and to purchase tickets please visit here.


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