The Houston Senior Center is hosting a special exhibit June 23 through July 7.

Senior center to host apron exhibit

The Houston Senior Center is hosting a special exhibit June 23 through July 7.

“Apron Strings: Ties to the Past,” is the subject of a fascinating reevaluation in this exhibition. It features 51 vintage and contemporary examples that review the apron’s role as an emotionally charged vehicle for expression with a rich and varied craft history that is still viable today.

Using aprons dating from the late 1930s through the present, the exhibition chronicles changing attitudes toward women and domestic work. It also surveys the wide range of design and craft techniques apron-makers have used to express themselves, while still working within creative venues traditionally available to women. Today, artists continue using aprons to explore cultural myths and realities as well as their individual experiences with American domesticity.

Apron Strings is organized into several thematic groups addressing design, historical context, use and cultural message. The exhibition serves as a tool to bring together diverse parts of the community through shared experiences with, and memories of, a common, everyday textile.

The exhibit is curated by Joyce Cheney, an independent curator based in St. Louis. It is organized toured by Mid-America Arts Alliance, which brings more art to more people by annually producing and managing more than 450 exhibition, performance and professional development opportunities in more than 175 communities with more than 1,500 related educational programs.

This exhibition is made possible by Arts in Communities, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance, the Missouri Arts Council, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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