Kimberly Drew (Photo by Inez and Vinoodh), Sarah Hoover (Photo by Carl Timpone).


The Church’s summer exhibition, Threading the Needle explores how contemporary artists have incorporated fabric, textiles, and weaving in their works as a vehicle to tackle a range of multifaceted themes – from politics to gender. On Sunday August 28th at 4pm, The Church will present Kimberley Drew and Sarah Hoover in conversation to discuss the relationship between textiles, art, and fashion, and how the fabrics we choose to adorn ourselves with are intrinsically linked to the complex relationships we have with our bodies and identities, as well as the history of representation.

Writer, curator, activist, and Associate Director at Pace Gallery, Kimberly Drew works at the intersection of art, fashion, and cultural studies. Drew is an advocate for equity in the art world and has worked as both a culture worker and activist for the past decade. She recently worked alongside Germano Dushá on an exhibition titled “Calor Universal” at Pace Gallery’s East Hampton gallery space.

Sarah Hoover, who served as director at Gagosian for fifteen years, is deeply involved in the worlds of art, fashion, literature, and social causes. A prolific essayist, Hoover often writes about the multilayer oppressive aspects of the patriarchy. Hoover has been featured in The Cut, Vogue, Grub Street, Vanity Fair, and The New York Times.

Hearing the perspectives of these two powerhouses and their insights on the relationship between art, textiles, and fashion will provide a deeper context to Threading the Needle.



Kimberly Drew is an art curator, writer, and activist. Drew has authored two books, This Is What I Know About Art and the anthology Black Futures, with J Wortham, both released in 2020. Kimberly recently joined Pace Gallery as an Associate Director. 



Sarah Hoover is an art historian, writer, cultural critic, professor, and consultant. She holds a master’s degree in Cultural Theory from Columbia and a BA in Art History from NYU and spent the first fifteen years of her career at Gagosian, the world’s largest contemporary art gallery. She has taught at Barnard, written for vogue.com and New York Magazine’s The Strategist, and her first book, a memoir about her experience with pregnancy, motherhood, and the oppressive aspects of the patriarchy, will debut in 2023, published by Simon and Schuster.

Based in New York, Sarah straddles the art, fashion, dance, food, non-profit and literary worlds. She is on the board of Art Production Fund and Recess Art, and co-founded the Accelerator Committee at American Ballet Theater, which encourages cross pollination between the arts, fashion, film, and female-led choreographic initiatives. Coalition for the Homeless and Sky-High Farm Foundation are other non-profits with which she partners to help with fundraising and advocacy. 


Housed in a deconsecrated 19th century Methodist church, The Church is an artist residency, exhibition space, and creativity center. It is a place where local and national artists and creatives of all stripes work, meet and inspire each other. Artists Eric Fischl and April Gornik bought the building as a shell three years ago and have led its redesign with Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership. The modern interior complements its historic frame and is emblematic of the contemporary program of events that animate the structure. The Church will increase access to the arts for our diverse audiences, foster creativity on the East End, and honor Sag Harbor’s long tradition as a maker’s village.

For more information visit: www.thechurchsagharbor.org.  



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