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Public Reception | Erika Torri: The Continuous Thread
June 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
JOSEPH CLAYES III GALLERY & ROTUNDA GALLERY
Erika Torri: The Continuous Thread
On display will be approximately 40 of Erika’s textile pieces created in the late 1970s and 80s, along with a selection of artists’ books, portraits, publications and ephemera that represent Erika’s tenure at the library. The weavings are several narrative series that depict family, landscapes, travel and architecture. Exhibited widely in the 1980s, they have not been shown since Erika became Executive Director of the Athenaeum in 1989.
Over the past thirty-five years, Erika has transformed the Athenaeum from a hidden gem of 100 members to an internationally significant arts institution of over 2,000 members–all while maintaining the library’s singularity and intimacy. In developing Athenaeum programming, Erika wove together seamlessly the worlds of contemporary art, library science, music, and arts education. This exhibition will provide an insight into her work and the way she thought about it.