“Transform Any Room” features subversive, politicized, and sometimes glamorized versions of the textiles and objects we bring into our homes that inevitably reveal much about who we are and how we live.

Our lives and homes are filled with textiles such as rugs, blankets, pillows, and decorative crafts that, even if casually chosen for aesthetic or economic reasons, reveal much about who we are. These objects are often perceived as gendered, related to certain cultural backgrounds, or signals of social or economic status.  Whether their initial inspiration is an object of utility, comfort, or décor, the resulting artworks included here comment on labor, wider social issues, and life events in this time and place. Sculpture, installation, and various forms of fiber work will be included in the exhibition, with many works defying easy categorization.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog and a roster of programming ranging from traditional artist lectures and gallery talks to qualitative art and activism workshops with teen artists and community partners. “Transform Any Room” is organized by Senior Curator Laura Burkhalter.

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Support for this exhibition is provided by:



Ellsworth Kelly Foundation
Teiger Foundation

The views and opinions expressed by this program do not necessarily reflect those of Humanities Iowa.