Fotofest Biennial Showcases “Contemporary Arab” Art from adobeairstream.com

Houston, Texas –  long the epicenter of the U.S. oil industry, and expanding rapidly with a 385-acre, 14-building new campus for ExxonMobil in the Woodlands –  should provide a cross-cultural audience for the Fotofest 2014 Biennial. Fotofest’s principal exhibit this year, “View From Inside: Contemporary Arab Video, Photography and Mixed Media Art” presents artists from 14 countries in the…

ALOTTATHISALOTTATHAT – Art Intersecting “Innovation” and Equaling Nothing from adobeairstream.com

Described as “part freestyle musical theater, part dessert reception,” the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver created a special event for participants of the Colorado Innovation Network (COIN) Summit, held in Denver at the Art Museum August 29-30. Adam Lerner, who sits on the board of COIN and his MCA creative team put together ALOTTATHISALOTTATHAT to show…

Quilting for their Lives

In a remote village in the Thar desert of Pakistan, the women are primarily Hindu in a Muslim country. Not only that, but they are from the bottom of the untouchable caste system. They have very few options in life for what they can do to earn a living. Most of the women are illiterate and are forbidden to travel without their husbands or a male relative. The men dye cotton and the women take that cotton and stitch together brightly patterned Ralli quilts. They embroider, appliqué, and adorn their creations with bits of mirror, sequins, shells and beads. The patterns are based on ancient textile traditions dating back thousands of years.