Seeing Red – a Triple Play at ODETTA

by | Sep 4, 2020 | Blog post

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, ODETTA Gallery presents New York City. Radical Women: Seeing Red, a three-part exhibition. The Main Gallery features – Patricia Miranda in a solo exhibition Seeing Red, the Garden Level Gallery: Radical Women, Seeing Red with Alexandra Rutsch Brock, Patricia Fabricant, Ellen Hackl Fagan, Katherine Jackson, Patricia Miranda, Josette Urso, and Jo Yarrington Curated by Patricia Miranda and in the ODETTA Entrance Courtyard: Art Off-Screen: London Calling Red Collaborative. Eileen Jeng Lynch, Curator. Alexandra Rutsch Brock, Patricia Fabricant, Ellen Hackl Fagan, Katherine Jackson, Patricia Miranda, Josette Urso, Jo Yarrington.

ODETTA Gallery is pleased to share a solo exhibition of new work by artist Patricia Miranda. The exhibition includes textile installations, paper, books, and video in a universe pigmented in the historical color cochineal. Vintage linens from Miranda’s Italian and Irish grandmothers, and sourced from friends and strangers around the country, form all of the lace work in the exhibition. Each individual donation is documented and integrated into the work, and in an accompanying webpage and artist book. 

The relationship of craft and women’s work (re)appropriated by contemporary artists to environmental and social issues is integral to Miranda’s investigations. For Miranda, textile is an intimate material that wraps our bodies from cradle to grave. The lace inserts a visceral femininity into the pristine gallery space, and exerts a ghostly trace of the history of domestic labor. The economy of lacemaking for women is further contextualized in this exhibit by the Harlem townhouse where ODETTA Gallery resides, built in the time of high lace production. 

Seeing Red can be seen by appointment during gallery hours, Saturdays and Sundays 1-6, or by contacting director Ellen Hackl Fagan for a special meeting. Social distancing will be in place throughout the course of the exhibitions, with the numbers of visitors to the gallery not exceeding four people at any one time. Masks are required and restrooms are not available. Hand sanitizers are available on both floors of the apartment. The show is ongoing through September 26, 2020.

Entrance of ODETTA, as seen through a red lens, 2020. Photo: Courtesy of ODETTA

For more information on this three part installation please visit
The above piece is Patricia Miranda’s Lamentations for Rebecca; detail, 2020, Vintage lace and silk thread hand-dyed with cochineal, cast plaster,126x180x2″