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Order and Disorder: Alighiero Boetti by Afghan Women

When: recursEvery Sun, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, February 26, 2012 - July 30, 2012; 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM; Open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays!
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From 1971 to 1994, Italian artist Alighiero Boetti (19401994) embarked on a series of projects with Afghan embroiderers, creating monumental pieces that would become some of the artists most iconic works. Working first in Kabul in the 1970s and then in refugee camps in Pakistan after the 1979 Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, Afghan women embroidered works based on Boettis templates that include: colorful grids of letters that spell out phrases (such as Order and Disorder); Mappe (maps), wall-sized world maps with countries filled-in with the colors and symbols of their flags; and Tutto (everything), large-scale works entirely filled with intricately embroidered shapes representing diverse objectssunglasses, a Hindu goddess, a protractor, twins, and more. The exhibition features twenty-nine works by Boetti along with documentary photographs of the Afghan embroiderers taken in 1990 at Boettis request by Randi Malkin Steinberger, as well as examples of the traditional styles of embroidery that might have played a role in stimulating Boetti’s best-known works.

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Submitted By: Fowler Museum at UCLA
Tags: Visual Arts, Wheel chair access, Free admissions