Pro Arts Gallery is pleased to present Re-Connect, price Adia Millett’s newest project exploring the malleability of connection and the subversion of the textile media and community identity. Utilizing donated, more about re-purposed materials from throughout the East Bay, Millett quilts together a variety of diverse fabrics. Purposefully breaking the rules of traditional quilting, her work skews our perception of representational imagery. Through her process-driven work, she speaks to the multiplicity of cultural identities—how they overlap, mesh, collide, and divide. Millett plays with the many ways that fabric, like people, come apart and how they can be creatively reconnected.

Originally from Los Angeles, Adia Millett received her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. She was selected for the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum, followed by a residency program at the Studio Museum in Harlem.  Millett has been in numerous group exhibitions including the Greater New York show at PS1 and Freestyle at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. Millett has also been included in exhibitions at the Barbican Gallery in London; The California African American Museum, Los Angeles; The Craft and Folk Museum in LA; The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Atlanta; The Santa Monica Museum of Art; and The Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans.  Millett has taught as an artist in residence at Columbia College in Chicago, UC Santa Cruz, Cooper Union in NY, and currently at California College of the Arts. She lives and works in Oakland.

RELATED PUBLIC PROGRAMS

Opening Reception & Special Program
Friday, March 4, 2016 | 6:00 – 9:00 pm | Pro Arts Gallery
with special guest DJ Sarahellco

Artist Talk
Saturday, March 12, 2016 | 6:00 – 9:00 pm | Pro Arts Gallery

Adia Millett will discuss her newest solo-exhibition, Re-Connect, in terms of feminist aesthetics and abstraction as part of the Hybrid Series #1.

*This program is made possible in part with funds by the City of Oakland Cultural Funding Program, the Clorox Company Foundation, the W & F Hewlett Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the Zellerbach Family Foundation.