We are pleased to share that Elizabeth Alexander, Rachel Meginnes, and Thomas Schmidt are part of the Break the Mold exhibition currently on view at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. The exhibition showcases twenty-five contemporary artists who use traditional modes of art making and crafting to tackle timely subject matter. Innovative takes on embroidery, ceramics, quilting, furniture, interior design, and fashion accessories serve to explore diverse topics such as gender assumptions and inequalities, prison reform, racial justice, memory, and loss, as well as how objects transmit and transform social and cultural history. Break the Mold was conceived in collaboration with the Mint Museum in Charlotte, which provided critical loans and curatorial support.
Featured in the exhibition is Elizabeth Alexander’s The Great Enemy of Truth, a full set of Confederate commemorative plates to remove celebratory elements as a conscientious reminder of the negative ramifications of the Civil War, Rachel Meginnes‘ Cant We Build A Bridge, created from deconstructed and reconstructed quilts, highlighting the value and potential of everyday objects that surround us, and Thomas Schmidt‘s Notebook Series which explore the nature of memory with notebook imagery fired onto porcelain pages.
The exhibition will be on view at the NCMA through February 6, 2022.