Two years ago, alumnus and BFA Fine Arts and BFA Visual & Critical Studies Department faculty member Peter Hristoff (BFA 1981 Fine Arts) was invited to be an artist-in-residence at the Güllübahçe Rug Workshop, a collective of 20 women weavers in the small Turkish village Güllübahçe. That experience launched on ongoing collaboration between the weavers and the Turkish-born Hristoff, which has led to a new exhibition at the College, “Hali,” November 15 – 27, at 133/141 West 21st Street.
The show features more than two dozen rugs made by the weavers of Priene Hali, as the workshop is officially known, based on designs from New York artists ranging from graphic novelists David Sandlin (faculty, MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Department) and Sara Varon (MFA 2002 Illustration as Visual Essay) to illustrator Dominick Rapone (BFA 1997 Illustration), mixing contemporary sensibilities with centuries of Turkish cultural tradition. Admission to “Hali” is free and open to the public.
Image: Rug motif by Sara Varon, 2010.