APRON CHRONICLES: A Patchwork of American Recollections is a traveling exhibit comprised of photographs, text in story form and over 150 vintage aprons.
Prompted by project writer and apron curator EllynAnne Geisel, the contributors to Apron Chronicles recall a woman who’d worn an apron and what she represented to a family; an event when an apron was worn; recipes; values and traditions from gentler, less complicated times; the bond between parent and child; survival; friendship; opportunity; challenge, and modern perspective.
The diverse contributors include a 111-year-old mother and her only child, a Holocaust survivor, a biology professor from Mali, Africa, and a preteen and her grandmother. Their stories explore the people behind the aprons and give life to the fabrics and the exhibit.
While writer EllynAnne is honored to be the voice behind the exhibit, photographer Kristina Loggia has preserved the storytellers’ images in an environmental style that complements the unadorned honesty of their recollections. Like the oral histories, the portraits’ strength is their directness and lack of pretension.
With APRON CHRONICLES as the vehicle, collaborators Geisel and Loggia are providing prompts that will have exhibit visitors recalling and sharing their own apron recollections, which unless heard soon, are in peril of disappearing forever.
"Apron Chronicles: A Patchwork of American Recollections is an illuminating blend of reportage, art and social anthropology."
- Josef Woodard, Art Review, Santa Barbara News-Press
"Apron Chronicles received rave reviews and high attendance while installed here…the index cards we put out for people to record their “apron memories” covered an entire wall! We were sad to see the exhibit leave but know it will do well at its next venue, too."
- Dan Carpenter, Director of Marketing, The Grace Museum, Abilene, TX
"… Loggia’s unwavering focus and Geisel’s sentimentality balance each other, and the result is both powerful and poignant."
- Gaile Robinson, Art and Design Critic, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"EllynAnne Geisel and Kristina Loggia are incredible artists and I thank them for bringing this inspiring exhibit to Jackson Hole." – - Karen Stewart, Executive Director, The Art Association, Jackson Hole, WY
"I’ve worked at the Museum for 10 years, and I truly can count on one hand the exhibitions that have created their own buzz and brought eager crowds through the doors. Apron Chronicles is definitely one of those special exhibitions; I know we will be hearing how much visitors liked it for years to come."
- Karen Olson, Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B.Chapin Art Museum, Myrtle Beach, SC
"The Apron Chronicles exhibit was a visual delight. Additionally, we hosted the enthusiastic and energetic EllynAnne for a luncheon reception and presentation, which was well-received by our visitors."
- Diana Vela, Ph.D., The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, Ft. Worth, TX
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