Rest in Peace Emma Amos (1937–2020)
In the 1960s, #EmmaAmos was the youngest and only female member of Spiral, the renowned New York–based black artists' collective. At that time, while earning her MA in art education at New York University, Amos, a painter, worked as a textile designer. It was only after she developed and co-hosted the Boston public television program Show of Hands, which featured local craftspeople, that Amos began to integrate the craft of weaving into her art practice. One such example, Out in Front, 1982, is featured in MOCA's exhibition With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985: Amos wove fabrics, pieced them together with African textiles, and painted the surface, depicting multitonal "figures in flux" that address the complex positions of African American women in the art world and society at large.
[Emma Amos, Out in Front, 1982, handwoven fabric on linen, 92 x 64 in. (233.68 x 162.56 cm), promised gift on long-term loan to the Minneapolis Institute of Art, private collection, Minneapolis.]