Artist Statement & Bio

Tali Weinberg fuses the languages of text and textiles to address gender violence, the housing crisis, climate change, labor exploitation, and other traumas and insecurities that are experienced at once as social and personal. Situated within global practices of women creatively reusing materials to produce objects of care and connection, her process is one of producing, deconstructing, and restructuring.

Through conversation, collaborative research, and object making, She produces inter-subjective reference materials that include charts, maps, blueprints, and encyclopedias. These weavings, thread drawings, prints, and artist’s books are formally minimal, yet embedded with the results of intensive material, interpersonal, and cross-disciplinary research. Some materialize data, while others document the experiences, ideas, and efforts of women activists. All are grounded in feminism and the varied forms of knowledge required for skilled production: the math and structure of weaving, the biology and chemistry of natural dyeing, and the relationship between cerebral and embodied knowledge. 

Weinberg works with textiles—as structures, systems of knowledge, and the material of everyday life—to create physical and psychological, material and metaphoric, temporal and geographic links between social change and our lives as experienced in our homes and on our bodies. She evokes their social and tactile qualities to link one corporeal body to another, and to link our corporeal bodies to social, political, economic, and ecological bodies.

Her work is held in multiple collections and has been exhibited at the Berkeley Art Museum, the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, galleries across the US; and was included in the 2016 Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art in Zhejiang Province, China. She has taught and lectured at California College of the Arts (CCA), Penland School of Craft, the Textile Arts Center in NY, and Headlands Center for the Arts. Her current project, investigating climate change as data and lived experience, has been created with the support of a Collins Foundation funded residency at Oregon College of Art and Craft, the Lia Cook Jacquard residency at CCA;  a residency at Penland School of Craft; and is now funded by a George Kaiser Family Foundation Tulsa Artist Fellowship . This work has been exhibited in galleries in San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, and Marin; and, on invitation, was presented at the California Studies Association’s conference Parched: Dry Times in the Golden State in conversation with community organizers, climate scientists, and geographers, and as part of a panel at the College Art Association on "Feminist Interventions in the Technophere." She holds an MFA from CCA and an MA from New York University.


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Select Exhibitions

2017, Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home, Contemporary Craft, Pittsburg, PA

2017, Grassroots, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL

2016, 2nd Hangzhou Triennial Of Fiber Art, Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou, China

2016, (Text)iles: The Text is a Fabric, Earl and Virgina Green Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2016, And Who is My Neighbor: Stories from the Margins, Earl and Virgina Green Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2016, Lia Cook Jacquard Residency Exhibition (It's Not Just About the Rain), Guitar Shop Gallery, Oakland, CA (solo)

2015, FiberSHED, Marin Community Foundation, Novato, CA

2015, (processing) - Bay Area Artists and the Archive, Worth Ryder Art Gallery, Berkeley, CA

2015, Introductions, Root Division, San Francisco, CA

2015, All You Can Be, Gallatin Gallery, New York, NY

2014, The Possible, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA

2014, The Reading Room, Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA

2014, International TECHstyle Art Biennial, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose, CA

2014, Berkeley Civic Center Art Exhibition, Civic Center in Collaboration with Berkeley Art Center and Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA

2014, Annual Juried Exhibition, Piedmont Center for the Arts

2014, Inspire Artists Who Inspire You, Pro Arts, Oakland, CA

2013, Textiles Show, Art Factory, Paterson, NJ

2013, Encoded Identities, SNAP and Dc3 Art Projects, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada  

2013, MFA Thesis Exhibition, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

2013, Creole Processions, The Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2013, The Procession of Future Artifacts, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA

2013, MFA Now, Root Division, San Francisco, CA

2012, Knots: Textile Topologies, College Avenue Galleries, Oakland, CA

2012, In Abstentia, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

2012, John Baldessari: Class Assignments Optional, Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA

2012, Comfort, InFusion Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2011, Wherehoused, PLAySPACE, San Francisco, CA

2011, In Motion, College Avenue Galleries, Oakland, CA

2011, Artists in Residence: 1st Addition, the Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY

2011, Fashioning Self and the Environment, Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY

2010, Disposable: Ciudad Juarez and the War on Women, Gallatin Gallery, New York, NY

2010, Fuente Ovejuna, Thalia Theater, Queens, NY

2010, re:make, Pratt Gallery, New York, NY

2010, Chaos and Order, Gallatin Gallery, New York, NY

2010, Eco-Fashion Week Art Exhibition, Gallatin Gallery, New York, NY

 

Public Collections

Berkeley Art Museum

 

Teaching

2016, Lecturer, Storylines, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA

2016, Lecturer, Loom Logic, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA

2016, Workshop Instructor, Weaving Climate Data (1-day), Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

2014, Instructor, Weaving (2-week intensive), Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

2013, Teaching Assistant, Lia Cook, Weaving and Dyeing, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA

2012, Teaching Assistant, Lia Cook, Weaving and Dyeing, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA

2012, Teaching Assistant, Hillary Steel, Ikat & Shibori, Penland School of Crafts (2-week intensive), Penland, NC

2011, Instructor, Silk Painting with Natural Dyes (4-week class), Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY

2010, Teaching Assistant, Edwina Bringle, Intro to Weaving (2-week intensive), Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

2009, Assistant Indigo Dyer/Teacher at training workshop for NYC public school teachers (1-day intensive), Silk Road Project, New York, NY

 

Visiting Artist Lectures & Critiques

2015, Visiting Artist Lecture, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR

2015, Guest Critic, MFA Program, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR

2015, Guest Critic, Hardcore Weaving, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA

2012, Visiting Artist Lecture & Natural Dyes Workshop, 2D Color Foundations, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA 

2012, Visiting Artist Lecture, Sculpture Senior Projects, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA

 

Public Lectures & Conference Presentations

2017, Paper Presentation, "It’s Not Just About the Rain: Materializing Climate Data as Woven Landscape," Session on Feminist Interventions in the Technosphere, College Art Association Annual Conference, New York, NY

2016, Keynote, Fiberart International, Pittsburgh, PA 

2015, Panelist, Conversations on Craft: Mending, with Jovencio de la Paz, Rock Hushka, and Mark Newport at Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR

2015, Lia Cook Jacquard Artist in Residence Public Lecture, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA

2015, Panelist, "Drought Portraits: Text, Data, Color, Pattern," Parched: Dry Times in the Golden State, California Studies Association Conference, University of San Francisco, CA

2012, Paper Presentation, “Making (in) Brooklyn: Producing Textiles, Meaning, and Social Change,” Session on Sustainability in Textiles, Textile Society of American, Biennial Symposium: Textiles and Politics, Washington, DC

2008 & 2009, Guest Lecture & Workshop Facilitator, Aid to Artisans semiannual Market Readiness Trainings, New York, NY

2008, LectureFood for Thought Film Festival, New York, NY

2007, Lecture & Fair Trade Workshop Facilitator, Center for Global Engagement, Social Entrepreneurship Conference, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

 

Residencies

2017, Tulsa Artist Fellowship (1 year), Tulsa, OK

2016, Wingate Fellowship funded Residency (1 month), Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

2015, Collins Foundation funded Artist in Residency (5 weeks), Oregon College of Art & Craft, Portland, OR 

2015, Lia Cook Jacquard Weaving Residency, (1 month) California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA

2015, Penland Winter Residency (3 weeks), Penland, NC

2011, Artist in Residence (7 months), Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY

 

Curatorial Projects and Exhibitions Juried

2017, Juror, Thread Heads: New Bay Area Fiber Art, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA

2015-16, Juror, Fiberart International Triennial, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA

2014, JurorNew Directions: Examining the Past, Creating the Future, Craft & Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA

2014, JurorTextilities, Oliver Art Center, Oakland, CA

2013, Co-Curator, Ellemenopee, (Maysha Mohamedi Solo Show) for PLAySPACE

2013, Co-Curator, Conjuring Multiple Histories, (Sadie Harmon and Lauren Marie Taylor) for PLAySPACE, public practice throughout Oakland and San Francisco, CA

2013, Co-Curator, CatalystTransit, Ana Labastida for PLAySPACE, public practice throughout Oakland and San Francisco, CA

2012, Co-CuratorPointless Show, (Arash Fayez and Christie Noh, 2-person exhibition) for PLAySPACE, Kearny Street Workshop, San Francisco, CA

2011. Co-CuratorIn Motion, College Avenue Galleries, Oakland, CA

2011CuratorGOOD WORK, Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY

 

Bibliography/Press

Tenzin Tsomo, "Tali Weinberg: Textile Translations," Surface Design Journal: Shifting Landscapes, Summer 2017, pp. 20-26

Julie Chun, "Twisted, Knitted, Knotted, Stretched: The Second Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art," Randian, October 20, 2016

Leora Lutz, "Report: San Francisco," art ltd. September 2016

Evan Senn, "Translations, Textiles and Time Explored at Biola," Art and Cake (LA art blog), September 12, 2016

Charles Rosenblum, "In Review: Fiberart International 2016," Surface Design Journal: The Body Embellished Issue, Summer 2016

Stacy Nguyen, "(processing) digs into archives, tells new stories," The Daily Californian, Monday, October 19, 2015

Root Division, Introductions 2015 Catalogue, 2015

Root Division, MFA Now Catalogue. 2013

Popovic, Visnja, and Owyn Ruck. The Textile Artist's Studio Handbook. Quarry Books. 2012

Meng Brassel, Kate. “Fibers of Brooklyn: A Woman’s Work.” NY Arts Magazine. Summer 2011

Doan, Abigail. “Indigo.” Hand/Eye Magazine. Issue 6, Fall 2011

Maue, Joetta. “Thread Reviews: First Edition,” online feature, July, 11, 2011

Ruck, Owyn. “First Edition: Prepping for the Opening,” online feature, July 7, 2011

Doan, Abigail. “Good Work Opens at the Textile Arts Center,” Eco-Ecco. April 30, 2011

Schiller, Rebecca. “Celebrating Earth Day in Style,” Hand/Eye Magazine. April 21, 2011

Grady, Emma. “In Brooklyn, Join Environmental Artists and Designers for an Interactive Earth Day Event,”

TreeHugger.com. April 21, 2011

Rodriquez, Isa. “Cochineal Revisited,” online feature, Textile Arts Center. December 21, 2010

 

Writing & Publications

"Bodies on the Line," published in Text Means Tissue, edited by Francesca Capone, 2017, pg. 115-118

"Resistance," published in Love for Love Hate for Hate, edited by Beverly Acha, December 2016, pg. 68

Touring the Social Imaginary. PLAySPACE Catalogue co-edited with Gina Acebo. April 2013

“Making (in) Brooklyn: Producing Textiles, Meaning, and Social Change,” Proceedings: Textiles & Politics, Textile Society of America 13th Biennial Symposium. September 2012

“Notes on Place & Process: Mono Lake,” and “Notes for an Abridged Mending Dictionary.” CraftLab Journal, edited by Caroline Charuk and Nicole Markoff. Fall 2011

“Good Work in Progress,” curatorial essay for GOOD WORK Exhibition Catalogue, Published by the Textile Arts Center. May 2011

Thread and Roses, online feature for the Textile Arts Center on textiles and social change

·       “A Century of Weaving in North Carolina,” June 20, 2011

·       “Gandhi’s Homespun Revolution,” May 16, 2011

·       “Art and Activism for the 100th Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire,” March 21, 2011

“Tracing Linen’s Lines,” online feature for the Textile Arts Center, Sewing Seeds Project, April 21, 2011

 

Select Awards & Honors

2014,  Piedmont Art Center Juried Exhibition 3rd Prize

2012, 2011 Toni A Lowenthal Merit Scholarship, California College of the Arts

2012, Textile Society of America presenter scholarship

2012, 2010, Studio Assistant full scholarship award, Penland School of Arts and Crafts

2011, MA head of graduating class, award for academic achievement selected by faculty, NYU

2009-2011, Gallatin Merit Scholarships, NYU

2009, Reynolds Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship Finalist

2009, Merit Scholarship, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts 

2006, World Partners Fellowship to India, American Jewish World Service

 

Additional Professional Experience

2013-2016 , Executive Director, Textile Society of America, Berkeley, CA -  Lead and manage a nonprofit organization serving an international, cross-disciplinary membership of textile scholars, artists, museum professionals, collectors, and students. 

2006-2009, Program Officer at Global Goods Partners, New York, NY

2006-2007, Consultant, American Jewish World Service (grant-making and service departments), New York, NY

2005-2006, HIV/AIDS and Human Rights Researcher, Sanmitra Trust, Mumbai, India

2004-2005, Fellowship: Legislative Assistant, Washington, DC

2001-2004, Volunteer Coordinator of Service Programs and Social Justice Initiatives, Bronfman Center, NYU

 

Education

MFA, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA

MA, honors, New York University, New York, NY

BA Magna Cum Laude, New York University, New York, NY