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Picture of a rug flying in the air with sand and mountains behind it


December 14, 2024 – April 20, 2025

Guest Curators: Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox of c2-curatorsquared.

Rugs and carpets have defined the character of space since animal skins began to warm and adorn cave dwellings; the earliest known Persian rugs are nearly 2500 years old. Given this long history—entwined with religion, culture, and nature—it is not surprising that artists continue to find potential in the form of the rug.

While many artists take a formal approach to the subject matter, others engage in cultural critique, taking on the appropriation of cultural, racial, and gender roles and stereotypes within the framework of a decorative object turned art object.

Image: Ali Cha’aban, The Broken Dream, 2016. Photo courtesy of Ali Cha’aban and Hafez Gallery, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Nevin Aladağ

Azra Aksamija

Ali Cha’aban

Sonya Clark

Liselot Cobelens

Nicholas Galanin

Johannah Herr

Oksana Levchenya

Noelle Mason

Wendy Plomp

Stéphanie Saadé

Slavs & Tatars

Andrea Zittel

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