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The Computer Pays Its Debt: Women, Textiles, and Technology, 1965-1985

On view

Mar

13

Oct

9

On view

Through

Mar

13

Oct

9

When

Mar 13, 2020

Oct 9, 2020

Photo credit:

Photo by Flint Born. ©

FRONT & CENTER

Front & center

Weaving lies at the heart of the Information Age. Many cite the Jacquard Loom as inspiration for the first computers. Yet this is where most histories stop, a move that positions craft's influence on technology as a curiosity. This exhibition challenges this narrative, highlighting women who worked with technology and textiles before the rise of personal computing. Works by Janice Lourie, Sonia Sheridan, Sonya Rapoport, Lia Cook, and Katherine Westphal, highlight the shared concerns and approaches that unite textiles and technology. The Computer Pays Its Debt tells the missing stories of women’s creative contributions to early computing while scrutinizing how corporations leveraged metaphors of craftwork and domesticity for commercial gain.

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The Center is offering free, unguided visits and affordable tours of its exhibitions to the public. Guests can reserve a 30-minute visit to explore the current exhibitions, learn more about the Center’s national impact in their Craft Research Fund Study Collection, and enjoy interactive activities. The Center is open to the public Tuesday-Friday, 12-6 pm. Hours of operation may be subject to change.

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Cover images: Sarah Haskell weaving on a computer aided loom that is running the Weave Master software, Family Computing Magazine, Nov. 1983. Photo by Flint Born. ©

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OPENING RECEPTION

Fri

,

Mar

13

,

6:00 pm

8:00 pm

Where

Center for Craft

67 Broadway, Asheville, NC

CURATed By

Kayleigh Perkov

Exhibition management

Lauren Roquemore

Installation by

Lauren Roquemore, Carrie Helmkamp, Kyle Lawson, Natalie Hood

Exhibition design

Edited by

Graphic Design by

Kristi Pfeffer

Photography by

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about the artists

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

exhibition Images

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The Computer Pays Its Debt: Women, Textiles, and Technology, 1965-1985

is

curated

by

Kayleigh Perkov

and

organized

by

the

Center

for

Craft.

The

Center

for

Craft

is

supported

in

part

by

the

Since its inception in 1964, the North Carolina Arts Council has imagined and executed an innovative vision for arts development that touches every corner of our state — all 100 counties — from the mountains to the coast.

,

a

division

of

the

Department

of

Natural

and

Cultural

Resources.

The

Center

for

Craft’s

John

Cram

Partner

Gallery

presented

in

collaboration

with

UNC Asheville transforms lives through leadership and education. The designated liberal arts and sciences institution for the UNC System and one of the nation’s top 10 public liberal arts universities, UNC Asheville enrolls 3,600 students and offers more than 30 undergraduate majors and a Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences degree. UNC Asheville also encourages students to take part in a nationally acclaimed undergraduate research program and participate in interdisciplinary learning. From internships and hands-on projects, to study abroad and community engagement, students experience an education that extends beyond campus into the vibrant City of Asheville, the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains and the world.

and

A liberal arts college grounded in social responsibility, where hard work and community are more than just words.

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Crafted Roots: Stories and Objects from the Appalachian Mountains

Through

Aug

3

Oct

23

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