Image credit: Mounir Fatmi, Maximum Sensation, 2016, Skateboards, prayer rugs, approximately 90" H x 192" L x 12" D.
August 19, 2023 - November 12, 2023
Eldredge, Spratlen, and Armstrong Galleries
Tradition Interrupted is an international group exhibition that explores the methods used by artists to conflate contemporary ideas with traditional art and craft in a range of media, from rugs and mosaics to metalwork and ceramics. The twelve featured artists merge age-old media and technique with innovation, and re-visioning culturally historic ideas to create new work that interrupt traditional practice but still collaborates with the past.
For generations, traditional craft and art practices held steadfast and often visually defined a culture. Today, artists are unraveling certain traits and facets of these ancient customs to redefine or reclaim them for the contemporary world. For many of the artists in Tradition Interrupted, everyday objects are sources of powerful agency to recall memories in danger of being forgotten, or to call into question revisionist histories. Many of the artists work in a conceptually “uncomfortable” space with the traditions and theories of their past as they create hybrid artworks that address contemporary concepts and concerns.
This traveling exhibition features 23 works including sculpture, installation art, and 2-D objects. Featured artists hail from around the world and include: Anila Quayyum Agha (Pakistan), Faig Ahmed (Azerbaijan), Camille Eskell (U.S.), Mounir Fatmi (Morocco), Ana Gómez (Mexico), Shirin Hosseinvand (Iran), Dinh Q. Lê (Vietnam), Steven Young Lee (U.S.), Jaydan Moore (U.S.), Ramekon O’Arwisters (U.S.), Jason Seife (U.S.), and Masami Teraoka (Japan).
Tradition Interrupted was organized by Bedford Gallery at the Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA.
FREE Take-Home Project Bag: Weaving New Creations from Old Traditions - Registration for this Project Bag has now closed.
This art-making kit features activities inspired by Din Q. Lê's photographic weavings in Tradition Interrupted. Register for your free project bag and then pick it up in the Museum's Lobby during our normal hours of operation. Don't forget to share your work in progress or completed project with us on social media using the hashtag #sgfprojectbag
The 2023 Exhibition Season is presented by Friends of the Springfield Art Museum, Inc.
Major support for this exhibition is provided by Melinda J. McDaniel Charitable Trust, UW, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.
Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.