Museum of Wisconsin Art

Wence and Sandra Martinez: Woven Together

Traditional Textiles Meet Modern Design

August 6 – November 6, 2016
August 6, Saturday Opening Reception 2-5pm
West Bend, WI

Meet the Artists
Thursday, October 20 | 5:00
Listen to this artistic duo share stories about their interconnected artwork. Enjoy a special bilingual tour of this stunning show thanks to a partnership with Casa Guadalupe Education Center.

5:00–6:00 Hands-on all-ages weaving project
5:30  Bilingual English and Spanish tour of Woven Together
6:30 Artist Talk

JuegoBorn in Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca Mexico, a village famous for its woven rugs and tapestries, Wence learned the family textile trade as a young boy. He started weaving at the age of nine and four years later attended the Taller Nacional de Tapiz (National School of Tapestry) in Mexico City on a full scholarship.

In 1988, Wisconsin artist Sandra Hackbarth serendipitously commissioned Wence to transform her artwork into a tapestry. Discontent with the standard workshop reproduction of Turkish and Navajo designs, Wence jumped at the chance to try his hand at a primitive inspired modern design. The project spurred a remarkable thirty-year collaboration that marries traditional textiles with modern design. MOWA will showcase a collection of Wence’s rugs alongside Sandra’s artwork in the State Gallery.