In situ
Michael James Studio Quilts In situ
India Through Beginner's Eyes: Recent Textiles by Michael James
May 4 - 25, 2018

Solo exhibition at Modern Arts Midwest, Omaha, NE, May 4 - 25, 2018.

"First time travelers in an unfamiliar country see with fresh eyes, with “beginner’s eyes”. They may not always see beyond the surface or with real penetration, but they tend to notice the unusual in the ordinary, the remarkable in the overlooked, the beautiful in those things taken for granted by others who possess longtime or daily familiarity.

So it was for me during my first trip to India in late 2016. In each of the cities and towns in which I found myself, what most attracted me was the vernacular architecture of those places and the detailing, often eccentric and improbable, sometimes accidental, that distinguished one building or alley or interior courtyard from another.

At sites more formally planned and constructed, whether places of worship or governance or commemoration, places associated with past histories or with the spiritual lifeblood of the communities built up around them, I found equally intriguing architectural features. They all seemed to embody the purposefulness of the people whose hands had crafted them and whose comings and goings had left layers of marks, textures and colors forming a kind of patina over the physical elements of the scene, of the built environment."
Michael James Studio Quilts In situ
Ambiguity & Enigma: Recent Quilts
June 5, 2015 - February 20, 2016

Solo exhibition at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, June 5, 2015 - February 20, 2016

"The work explores the fluid borderland between the physical and metaphysical worlds, a territory that James has long described as his comfort zone...James addresses the very personal yet universal questions of mortality and grief, and what it means to live, to love, to lose and to remember.
Installation photos by Larry Gawel.
Michael James Studio Quilts In situ
Southwest School of Art, San Antonio, TX
2013

Michael James: Organizing Nature, solo exhibition in the Russell Hill Rogers Gallery, Southwest School of Art, San Antonio, TX, May 9 – July 7, 2013
Michael James Studio Quilts In situ
Michael James: oeuvres récents
2009

Solo exhibition, 15ème Carrefour International du Patchwork, Centre d'Art et Culture, Ste Marie-aux-mines, Alsace, France, September 2009
Michael James Studio Quilts In situ
The Life in a Day - New Work
2008

Solo exhibition at Modern Arts Midwest, Lincoln, Nebraska, March 27 - April 26, 2008

Installation views: Larry Gawel
Michael James Studio Quilts In situ
Material Response: Michael James at RAM
2006

Solo show at the Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin, curated by Davira Taragin, pairing new work by James with works from the museum's collections, January 22 - April 30, 2006.
Michael James Studio Quilts In situ
Questioning Convention: The Studio Quilts of Michael James
2005 - 2006

Solo exhibition at the Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA., Joan Hausrath, Curator, September 2005 – January 2006
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