Author Archives: Liza Lemsatef Cunningham

About Liza Lemsatef Cunningham

Art, photography, design, tea, dancing. Not necessarily in that order. http://www.ellelens.com @ellelens

Unmissable COTTON-Picking talk

Thursday 26th April, don’t miss the opportunity to hear a fascinating talk by Anna Arabindan-Kesson. Arabindan-Kesson is a History of Art and African-American studies academic travelling from Yale University, USA to discuss issues around the representation of cotton production in… Continue reading

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COTTON: Global Threads Olympic Weave Race

Curator Dr Jennifer Harris reveals details about an upcoming special event at the Whitworth Art Gallery Wednesday 18th to Saturday 21st April, 11am – 4:30pm and Sunday 22nd April, 12 -4pm    Join artist weaver Travis Meinolf in a three-way… Continue reading

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Action weaver looms large

All at the Whitworth are looking forward to seeing the results of Travis Meinolf’s specially commissioned Action Weaving sessions coming up soon for COTTON: Global Threads. The artist, hailing from San Francisco and now living in Berlin, has been in… Continue reading

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In conversation with Grace Ndiritu

Artist Grace Ndiritu discusses her work in the exhibition and her wider practice with curator Dr Jennifer Harris. Recorded at a public event to accompany the exhibition COTTON: Global Threads at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester. (Approx 46 mins.)

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COTTON: Global Threads for Educators

The COTTON: Global Threads exhibition introduces visitors to a number of complex issues and human stories told through a wealth of beautiful, fascinating historical objects and thought-provoking contemporary artworks in a range of media. The Whitworth’s Learning and Interpretation team… Continue reading

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Focus on: Indian Textiles

In this audio piece we focus on Indian textiles in COTTON: Global Threads. Curator Dr Jennifer Harris discusses the large scale Tipu’s Tent, presented as part of a range of textile treasures highlighting India’s considerable contribution to the history of… Continue reading

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Textile sample books as inspiration

The Textile Manufactures of India Vols I, II, V & VII (1866) A selection of Indian sample books by John Forbes Watson are on display in the Gulbenkian Gallery at the Whitworth. The volumes entitled The Textile Manufactures of India are… Continue reading

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Focus on: Yinka Shonibare

Curator Dr Jennifer Harris discusses Yinka Shonibare‘s piece, specially commissioned for COTTON: Global Threads. Shonibare’s work is synonymous with Dutch wax print fabrics and notions of hybridity, history and identity. Harris explains how his work elegantly articulates some major themes… Continue reading

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Focus on: Abdoulaye Konaté

Curator Dr Jennifer Harris introduces the work of Abdoulaye Konaté featured in COTTON: Global Threads. This Malian artist works with cotton and found objects to create beautiful large scale meditative pieces. Konaté tackles themes of genocide referencing traditional techniques with… Continue reading

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Change of date – In conversation with Grace Ndiritu

Please update your diaries! Grace Ndiritu, the artist currently exhibiting her ‘video paintings’ as part of COTTON: Global Threads, will be visiting the gallery to discuss her work with the exhibition’s curator, Dr Jennifer Harris. The event has had to… Continue reading

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