About the Participants
“Threads Throughout History”
Elissa Auther is Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs and William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design. She provides the strategic direction and creative oversight for exhibitions, publications, and exhibition-related public programming. She has published widely on the history of modernism and its relationship to craft and the decorative, the material culture of the American counterculture, and feminist art. Her book, String, Felt, Thread: The Hierarchy of Art and Craft in American Art, focuses on the broad use of fiber in art of the 1960s and 1970s and the changing hierarchical relationship between art and craft in the period. Her exhibitions include West of Center: Art and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965–1977; Pretty/Dirty: Marilyn Minter; Senga Nengudi: Improvisational Gestures; and Surface/Depth: The Decorative After Miriam Schapiro. Her next exhibition for the Museum of Arts and Design is Queer Maximalism x Machine Dazzle.
Dario Robleto is an artist, researcher, writer, and teacher based in Houston, Texas. He has exhibited his work extensively since 1997 at museums such as the Menil Collection and the Whitney Museum of American Art. His work has been profiled in numerous publications and media including Radiolab, Krista Tippet's On Being, and The New York Times. He has been a visiting scholar and artist-in-residence at the Smithsonian Museum of American History, the SETI Institute, the Robert Rauschenberg Residency, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. He is currently serving as Artist-at-Large at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering and the Block Museum of Art. In 2016 he was appointed as the Texas State Artist Laureate. In 2020, he was a research consultant to the popular science television series, Cosmos: Possible Worlds, which aired on National Geographic and Fox.