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 April 11th 2019 – June 23rd 2019

Tradition Interrupted explores the methods used by artists to conflate contemporary ideas with traditional art and craft in a range of media, from rugs and quilts to metal and ceramic. After hundreds, sometimes thousands of years of crafting and creating, many traditional practices continue to visually define a culture. Merging age-old customs with innovation, the artists in this show redefine or reclaim culturally historic ideas to create hybrid works for our contemporary world.

Artists Include: 

Faig Ahmed, Azerbaijan
Serge Attukwei Clottey, Ghana
Camille Eskell, New York
Mounir Fatmi, France & Morocco
Ana Gómez, Mexico
Shirin Hosseinvand, Iran
Suzanne Husky, France & California
Dinh Q. Lê, Vietnam
Jaydan Moore, Virginia
Ronna Neuenschwander, Oregon
Ramekon O’Arwisters, California
Anila Quayyum Agha, Pakistan
Jason Seife, Florida
Steven Young Lee, Montana

Public Programs: 

Opening Reception

Thursday, April 11th, 6 - 8 PM 

Admission: $5 general, $3 youth (13-17), 12 & under free. Free for Bedford Members

Crochet Jam with artist Ramekon O’Arwisters!

Saturday, June 1, 3 - 5 PM

Tradition Interrupted featured artist Ramekon O’Arwisters is a Bay Area-based social practice artist who founded Crochet Jam in 2012. This ongoing community art project is based on his life-long connection to the African American tradition of weaving in inclusive, friendly environments without rules or restrictions. During Crochet Jams, participants engage in the folk-art tradition of rag weaving while fostering a culture of cooperation.

This art workshop is perfect for all-ages and no experience is necessary. Come learn to crochet shoulder-to-shoulder with the artist and take your creation home. Numi Organic Tea will be served along with light snacks.

Big thanks to Numi Tea for providing beverages for this event! 

Find more information on Crochet Jams at

Admission: $5 general, $3 youth (13-17), 12 & under free. Free for Bedford Members


Header Image Credit: Mounir Fatmi, Maximum Sensation, 2010, 50 skateboards, prayer rugs. Courtesy of the artist and Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg.

Thanks to Ever Gold ProjectsShoshana Wayne GalleryDuane Reed GalleryOrnamentum, Froelick GalleryPatricia Sweetow Gallery and Sapar Contemporary for making this exhibition possible. 

Click here for the press release.