Faisal Abdu’Allah is an Artist, Barber, and UW-Madison Associate Professor of Printmaking in the Art Department. Created in 2012, his tapestries The Last Supper One and the Last Supper Two are part of the permanent collection at the currently closed Chazen Museum. They are part of the also currently closed Faculty Art Show and as of right now, it’s unclear if or how long the show will be on view once the museum reopens. What we do know is that tapestries are impressive in both size and cultural commentary.
In this edition of Radio Chipstone, in the safety of their respective homes; Abdu’Allah tells contributor gianofer fields, about bridging the gap between academic scholarship and his real-world experiences and how that duality informs his work.
About the Host:
gianofer (JON nah fer) fields is an Art Historian and Material Culture contributor and curates the Radio Chipstone series. The project is hosted by the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and funded by the Chipstone Foundation; a decorative arts foundation whose mission is preserving and interpreting their collection, as well as stimulating research and education in the decorative arts.
About the Guest:
Faisal Abdu’Allah is an Artist, Barber and Associate Professor of Printmaking in the Department of Art at UW-Madison. He also serves as the Faculty Director for “The Studio,” a Creative Arts Community at UW. Currently, his artwork tapestries entitled The Last Supper I and The Last Supper II are on display as part of the “Faculty Exhibition 2020” at the Chazen Museum of Art.
Image: The Last Supper I. Faisal Abdu’Allah (British, b. 1969) and Kofi Allen (British, b. 1966). 2012. Jacquard tapestry: cotton fibers, viscose, and manmade fibers; 117 x 148 in. Chazen Museum of Art accession 2018.38; Class of 1929 Endowment Fund and Walter J. and Cecille Hunt Endowment Fund purchase. Photo courtesy of the Chazen Museum. Artwork appears courtesy of the artists.