Kay Sekimachi Exhibition at de Young Museum

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Kay Sekimachi, “Study for Crossed-Warp Effect,” 1980s. Linen, dye; four-layer continuous-weft weave and crossed warp on an eight-harness loom, dimensions variable. Collection of the artist. Image © Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Kay Sekimachi, “Study for Crossed-Warp Effect,” 1980s. Linen, dye; four-layer continuous-weft weave and crossed warp on an eight-harness loom, dimensions variable. Collection of the artist. Image © Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO — “Kay Sekimachi: Student, Teacher, Artist” is currently on view at the de Young Museum’s T.B. Walker Textile Education Gallery through Nov. 6.

Produced in close collaboration with San Francisco native Kay Sekimachi (b. 1926), a pioneer in the post-World War II fiber art movement, this exhibition offers a glimpse into the working processes of one of America’s most important weavers. The presentation includes a range of materials totaling over 30 artworks, from small studies to fully realized creations that trace Sekimachi’s evolution from student to artist.

During the 1960s and 1970s, the fiber art movement gave textile traditions new expression, pushing them into the realms of sculpture, installation, and performance art. Sekimachi carved out a unique place for herself during this fertile period. She is also a life-long teacher and for the first time ever is sharing her early studies to demonstrate the links between education, discipline, and the mastery of one’s craft.

Throughout her six-decade-plus career, Sekimachi has explored the infinite possibilities of the double weave, a technique in which she used one warp to produce two-layer cloth and three-dimensional forms. In 1963, she began experimenting with monofilament, a then-new material from DuPont Chemical; the resultant sculptures became a defining moment in her career.

This exhibition showcases “Katsura” (1971), a seminal artwork from this series, and a recent acquisition to the museum’s textile arts collection.

Her work is featured in the book “In the Realm of Nature: Bob Stocksdale and Kay Sekimachi,” which is available in the museum store.

The museum is located at 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr. in Golden Gate Park. Hours are Tuesdays through Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.

Entry to the exhibition is included with general admission. Adults $15, seniors 65+ $10, students with current ID $6, members and youths 17 and under free. Prices subject to change without notice. For more information, cal (415) 750-3600 or visit http://deyoung.famsf.org/.

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