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

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

On view

Mar

13

Oct

9

Through

Mar

13

Oct

9

When

Mar 13, 2020

Oct 9, 2020

Photo credit:

Photo by Flint Born. ©

Current Exhibition

UPcoming Exhibition

past Exhibition

On View 

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

On view

Mar

13

Oct

9

Through

Mar

13

Oct

9

When

Mar 13, 2020

Oct 9, 2020

Photo credit:

Photo by Flint Born. ©

Current Exhibition

UPcoming Exhibition

past Exhibition

On View 

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

On view

Mar

13

Oct

9

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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Online visitors can purchase tickets ($5) to attend a virtual tour of this exhibition with curator, Kayleigh Perkov.

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In-Person

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. ©

SUPPORT

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OPENING RECEPTION

Fri

,

Mar

13

,

6:00 pm

8:00 pm

Where

Center for Craft

67 Broadway, Asheville, NC

ARTISTS

Lia Cook

Brock Craft

Janice Lourie

Sonya Rapoport

Helen Remick

Daniela Rosner

Sonia Sheridan

Samantha Shorey

Liza Stark

Katherine Westphal

CURATed By

Kayleigh Perkov

ORGANIZED BY

Center for Craft

Exhibition management BY

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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Meet the artists

ᏚᏍᏓᏯᎫᎾᏱ Gabriel Crow

Cherokee, NC

Faye Junaluska

Cherokee, NC

Lucille Lossiah

Ramon Lose

Cullowhee, NC

ᏯᏗ ᎺᏂ Betty Maney

Cherokee, NC

ᏗᎳᏂ Dylan Morgan

Cherokee, NC

ᎺᎵ ᏔᎻᏏᏂ Mary W. Thompson

ᏎᎳᏂ ᏔᎻᏏᏂ Sarah Thompson

Patricia Welch

Field Building

CRAFT RESEARCH TALK

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about the artists

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

Photo credit: Jamie Hopper

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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

about the curator

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

is

curated

by

2023

Curatorial

Fellow

Kayleigh Perkov

and

organized

by

the

Center

for

Craft.

The 2023 Curatorial Fellowship is supported, in part, by the Stoney Lamar Craft Endowment Fund.

Thank you to Phillips, the leading auction house in art and design, for sponsoring the Curatorial Fellowship show.

The

Center

for

Craft

is

supported

in

part

by

the

,

a

division

of

the

Department

of

Natural

and

Cultural

Resources.

The 2023 Curatorial Fellowship is supported, in part, by the Stoney Lamar Craft Endowment Fund.

Thank you to Phillips, the leading auction house in art and design, for sponsoring the Curatorial Fellowship show.

RIPSTOP is supported, in part, by Arrowmont School of Arts and Craft.

The

Center

for

Craft

is

supported

in

part

by

the

,

a

division

of

the

Department

of

Natural

and

Cultural

Resources.

2023

Curatorial

Fellow

This exhibition was supported, in part, by the John W. and Anna H. Hanes Foundation,

and Buncombe County Government.

The 2023 Curatorial Fellowship is supported, in part, by the Stoney Lamar Craft Endowment Fund.

Thank you to Phillips, the leading auction house in art and design, for sponsoring the Curatorial Fellowship show.

The

Center

for

Craft

is

supported

in

part

by

the

,

a

division

of

the

Department

of

Natural

and

Cultural

Resources.

2023

Curatorial

Fellow

A special thanks to

and the

for sponsoring Hammer and Hope.

The 2023 Curatorial Fellowship is supported, in part, by the Stoney Lamar Craft Endowment Fund.

Thank you to Phillips, the leading auction house in art and design, for sponsoring the Curatorial Fellowship show.

The

Center

for

Craft

is

supported

in

part

by

the

,

a

division

of

the

Department

of

Natural

and

Cultural

Resources.

The 2023 Curatorial Fellowship is supported, in part, by the Stoney Lamar Craft Endowment Fund.

Thank you to Phillips, the leading auction house in art and design, for sponsoring the Curatorial Fellowship show.

Preservers, Innovators, and Rescuers of Culture in Chiapas is supported, in part by,

The Center for Craft is supported, in part, by the

Aram Han Sifuentes is a recipient of the Center for Craft’s 2022 Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship. This substantial mid-career grant is awarded to two artists to support research projects that advance, expand, and support the creation of new research and knowledge through craft practice.

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exhibition

is

supported

in

part

by

the

the

and

For a full listing of the generous funders supporting the Center for Craft and our programming visit centerforcraft.org/support

This

exhibition

is

supported

in

part

by

the

the

and

the

a

division

of

the

Department

of

Natural

and

Cultural

Resources.

For a full listing of the generous funders supporting the Center for Craft and our programming visit centerforcraft.org/support

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.

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

.

This

exhibition

is

supported

in

part

by

the

the

and

For a full listing of the generous funders supporting the Center for Craft and our programming visit centerforcraft.org/support

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