I am so delighted to invite you to the culminating reception and exhibition for Thread Lines, an artist-in-residency program with Dutch-Surinamese artist Farida Sedoc at the Wyckoff House Museum in Brooklyn.
Over the past two months, I've had the great pleasure of organizing Open Studio Fridays, a series of public programs that aims to complement and highlight Farida's work and studio practice through conversations with writers, critics, artists, curators, historians, and other arts and culture professionals. I've been personally so deeply touched by the brilliance of each of our guests.
Our final Open Studio this Friday, 9/23 will be a conversation on contemporary urban Caribbean culture/diaspora specifically from Amsterdam to Brooklyn with Shelley Worrell of Caribbeing. On Saturday, 9/24 will be the Reception and Exhibition of new works.
Thread Lines is an Artist-in-Residence program with Dutch textile artist Farida Sedoc at Brooklyn’s Wyckoff House Museum. Bridging heritage with contemporary culture to explore our relationships with fabric, fibers, and textiles the residency incorporated research, workshops, public programming, and art making over the course of two months. Farida Sedoc transformed the historic house’s 18th Century formal parlor into a dynamic textile art studio, itself an installation, which was made open to the public for weekly open studio programs.
Open Studio Fridays is a series of creative conversations that gives space for thoughtful consideration and engagement with Farida Sedoc’s work and studio practice through accessible and meaningful dialogues with writers, curators, critics, artists, historians, and other arts and culture professionals. The programs have highlighted the interwoven threads of labor, handwork, value, women’s work, Black Art, contemporary art market, colonialism, empire, Dutch, Surinamese, and American cultures, and fibers and textiles that are evident in Farida’s work. Our brilliant Open Studio guests includes Monica Montgomery of Museum Hue, Justin Allen, Aleia Brown, Jessica Lynne, Cynthia Alberto, Iviva Olenick, Cynthia McLeod, Ernestine Comvalius, Director Bijlrmerpark Theater, Kelly Valetta, Director Textile Arts Center, and Shelley Worrell, Director/Founder Caribbeing.
The Wyckoff House Museum is New York City’s oldest house, home to some of the city’s earliest Dutch immigrants. Through innovative educational and farm-based programs the Museum connects community with history, culture, and agriculture through thematic lenses of immigration, food, family, and housing. The Wyckoff farm originally produced flax for textile production in the 17th Century and for over two centuries the Wyckoff descendents who lived in the house produced diverse textile by spinning and weaving at home. Today, demonstration crops including flax and wheat are grown on the acre and a half gardens of the historic house museum.
Born in the Netherlands to Surinamese immigrants, Farida Sedoc is an artist who blends traditional Surinamese textile with contemporary street art and fashion. Her work is closely connected to the ideology of street culture, which interrogates personal identity and connects the individual with the city space. At her Amsterdam textile studio Hosselaer, Ms. Sedoc employs silk screening, photography, graphic design, collage, printmaking, and fashion to create visual stories, blurring the line between art and wearable clothing. Her work has been exhibited at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Appelsap festival, the Amsterdam Museum, and Amsterdam Fashion Week.