Falmouth Chamber of Commerce: “Brenda Kingery: Weaving Messages” Opens October 6 with Artist Reception and Gallery Discussions
(Cotuit, Massachusetts) The Cahoon Museum of American Art announces the opening of Brenda Kingery: Weaving Messages, an exhibition of narrative abstract paintings whose vivid expressions are inspired by the artist’s global cultural vision and Chickasaw heritage . The exhibition will be visible from October 6 to December 19, 2021. The artists reception will take place on Friday October 8 from 4:30 pm to 6 pm. Along with the exhibition, the artist will present two conferences. “Global Colors: Artist Brenda Kingery and Curator Heather Lunsford in Conversation” will take place on Friday October 8 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm and will be free with admission to the Museum. The curator and artist will discuss her inspiration and artistic approach, as well as the creation of the exhibition. The exhibition features 12 large-scale works of art ranging from formative pieces by the artist, mature contemporary works and new paintings. Kingery’s paintings are mixed media, sometimes acrylic and sometimes oil, with occasional additions of mica and small items found, applied and hidden in many layers of paint. Kingery paints using the sumi-e (ink wash) style telling tales of classic Odori dancers and tribes from Central Africa, as well as tales of Chickasaw powwow dancers his grandmother told him when ‘she was a child. Her work, filled with life, movement and memories, is a celebration of Indigenous cultural traditions. The second artist talk, Brenda Kingery: “Copper Treasure: A story of Remnants and Cultural Survival” will take place on Saturday October 9 from 4:30 pm to 6 pm. Admission is $ 10, museum members are free, and registration is requested on cahoonmuseum.org. In this program, Brenda Kingery will talk about her recent large-scale painting, Copper Treasure, inspired by her Chickasaw heritage and the indigenous women weavers of Okinawa and their experiences of preserving their traditional culture in post-war Japan. Okinawa played a strategic role in military expansionism in Asia and the Pacific for the United States, China, and Japan. During the Battle of Okinawa in 1945, women weavers and potters buried their treasures to hide them and save them from the destruction of war. As the Okinawan soil was hit by bombs, valuable buried textiles exploded to pieces. Kingery sees these remains as a metaphor for the impact of the occupation and how survivors, including women and children, reconstruct their culture from shattered fragments. Kingery makes a connection to his Chickasaw heritage, as his ancestors buried cultural treasures in large mounds of dirt in their homeland of Tupelo, Mississippi. For more information on all of the Museum’s fall programs and events, visit cahoonmuseum.org. About Brenda Kingery Brenda Kingery was born in Oklahoma City in 1939 in the Chickasaw Nation and studied painting and drawing. Kingery was first introduced to Abstract Expressionism as it was gaining popularity in the United States. She then developed this style while studying Fine Arts at the University of Oklahoma where she graduated in 1961 with a bachelor’s degree. Kingery emigrated to Okinawa, Japan, in 1968, where she befriended weavers and potters, and was inspired to paint textiles, textures, and Okinawan tales in her works of art. While in Japan, Kingery studied with a renowned sumi-e painter and honed his skills in the ancient Japanese art of ink, water, and brush. Kingery’s work is included in numerous private, corporate and public collections around the world. She is a founding member of Threads of Blessing International and travels to Honduras, Mexico and Uganda to teach textile design in workshops that encourage women to use their indigenous artistic skills. In 2007, Kingery was appointed by the President of the United States to the Board of Trustees of the Institute of American Indian Art (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She exhibited in Milan, Italy; Paris, France; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Okinawa and Tokyo, Japan; Indianapolis, Indiana; Washington DC; and San Antonio, Texas.