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Long walk to freedom

Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA T: 617 267 9300 Until 6 July Mon-Tue, Sat-Sun 10-4.45; WedFri 10-9.45 • Fibre Art International 2007: FibreArts Guild of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Pittsburgh, PA T: 412 361 0873 Until 19 August Tues-Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5 • Red: Red in Textiles Spanning the Globe & Millenia, The Textile Museum, 2320 S Street NW Washington, DC T: 202 667 0441 Until 8 July Mon-Sat 10-5 Sun 1-5 • Dior: The New Look, Chicago History Museum, 1601 North Clark Street, North Avenue Chicago, IL T: 312 642 4600

inform Until 20 May Mon-Wed 9.30-4.30,


Material Connexion in partnership

Thurs 9.30-8, Fri & Sat 9.30-4.30 Sun 12-5 • Ernesto Neto Immense organic forms, Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacobs Building, 1100 & 1001 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego, CA T: 858 454 3541 Until 23 September Sat-Tues 11-6, Thurs & Fri 11-9 FAIRS & SHOWS Royal College of Art Fashion Show Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7. Public Show Weds 23 May, T: 020 7590 4566 • Pulse Retail buying event featuring the latest designers and products, Earls Court, Warwick Road, London SW5 T: 020 7385 1200 3-5 June Sun-Mon 9.30-6, Tues 9.30-5 • Art in Action Annual art and craft fair, Waterperry House, Near Wheatley, Oxford T: 020 7381 3192 19-22 July Daily 10.30-5.30 • urbanFIELD Interior design, The Devon Guild of

Yinka Shonibare, MBE, Courtesy Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and James Cohan Gallery, New York

with Selvedge will award Sandy Chilewich the

Medium award for Textile Design at their third

design symposium. The star-studded tenth anniversary gala event recognizes a decade of creativity in the world of design and brings together an audience of creative professionals and some of

Fabric by Chilewich

the biggest names in their respective fields to speak a common language – materials. The Equitable Center, New York, NY T: + 212 842 2050 17-18 May (U.S. Route 7), Shelburne, VT T: +802 985 3346 20 May-28 October Daily 10-5 • Feathers, Flowers, Talons and Fangs: Power and Serenity in Japanese Nature Prints, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, 224 Benefit Street, Providence, RI

2007 is the bicentenary of the parliamentary abolition of the TransAtlantic slave trade. 1807 was a landmark year, the first step on a long road to the eventual abolition of slavery itself within the former British Empire – trading and transporting slaves was abolished but slaves did not gain their final freedom until 1838 and the “peculiar institution” continued in the Americas until 1888. The V&A, one of many institutions marking the event, describes commemorations as “important, but not unproblematic.” Even today it is estimated that over 20 million people are still in various forms of servitude. Writing in the Guardian newspaper, Lola Young, a crossbench peer pointed out, “it is important to recognise how easy it is to come to the view that some lives are more important than others.” Uncomfortable Truths will address the ways in which the legacy of slavery informs contemporary art and design in a display of works throughout the museum’s public spaces. It features the work of 11 artists from the United States, Europe and Africa including Fred Wilson, Anissa-Jane, Yinka Shonibare and El Anatsui, (see pg 44). A series of events will seek to reassess the human cost of slavery including talks, tours, films, poetry and music. ••• Uncomfortable Truths: The Shadow of Slave Trading, V&A, South Kensington, London SW7, T: 020 7942 2000,, Until 17 June, The International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, August 23.

T: 401 454 6500 Until 10 June Tues-Sun 10-5 • Pulp Function Contemporary paper art, Fuller Craft Museum, 455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA T: 508 588 6000 19 May-6 January 2008 Daily 10-5 • Needles and Pins: Textiles and Tools, Museum of International Folk Art, Museum Hill, Camino Lejo off Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM T: 505 476 1200 6 May-13 April 2008 Daily 10-5 • Radical Lace & Subversive Knitting Museum of Arts & Design, 40 W. 53rd St., New York, NY T: 212 956 3535 Until 17 June Daily 10-6 • She’s Like a Rainbow: Colors in Fashion, The Museum at FIT, Seventh Ave. at 27th St., New York, NY T: 212 217 7999

Craftsmen, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, Devon T: 01626 832223 5 May-17 June Mon-Sun 105.30 • The Contemporary Craft Fair Mill Marsh Park, Bovey Tracey, Devon T: 01626 830612 8-10 June Daily 10-5.30 • Fresh Air 07 Laura Ellen Bacon’s willow sculpture, Quenington Old Rectory, Cirencester, Glos T: 01285 750358 16 June-7 July Daily 10-5 • Wonderwool Wales Celebrating Welsh wool, Royal Welsh Showground, Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, Powys T: 01982 552224 www.wonderwool 19-20 May Sat 9-6, Sun 9-5.30.

Errata Issue 16:

Pg 44 The author of the

Deirdre Nelson article was Jessica Hemmings. Pg 26 Akira Minagawa’s name was incorrectly spelt, our sincere apologies. Pg 84 The Kyoto image was courtesy of Tom Grotta, Pg 96 This image was courtesy of Gayle Warwick, ••• Until 5 May Tues-Fri, 12-8, Sat 10-5 • Gee’s Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL T: 407 896 4231 Until 13 May Tues-Fri 10-4, Sat-Sun 12-4 • Tsutsugaki Textiles From the collection of David Paly,

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