Craft Kills: Radical Lace & Subversive Knitting
Althea Merback, Gloves, 2005, Wire-knitted silk, Collection Kentucky Gateway Museum Center
The exhibit is called Radical Lace & Subversive Knitting. A spokesperson for the museum said the exhibit "explores the phenomenal rise to prominence of knitting, crocheting and lace making in the world of contemporary artists from around the world." Yeah, maybe, but it's much cooler than that.
According to the museum's website, the exhibit, which features 27 artists from seven countries, explores "[r]adical reformers in the world of knitting and lace making [that] have overthrown the status quo from the inside out. In the space of ten years, knitting has emerged from the 'loving hands at home' hobbyist's den into museums and galleries worldwide."
Some pieces even provide social commentary. One piece, for example, highlights the countries that have publically detonated nuclear weapons. Another piece uses "computer software that translates video images into 'knitted' images to educate about sweatshop labor." Freddie Robins's Craft Kills piece (pictured right-above) is described as "a self-portrait that plays with our notions of craft as a passive activity."