Available Works

In The Studio

Biography

Transdisciplinary weaver, John Paul Morabito (b. 1982, USA) engages Queerness, ethnicity, and the sacred through the medium of tapestry reimagined in the digital age. Relics, devotional images, and ritual matter are their source materials in the creation of tapestries that mirror Italian opulence with Queer sensibility. Employing digital interfaces in concert with improvisational handwork, Morabito mutates Catholic icons into woven images that twist time. Their work outputs woven forms, moving images, and performances that look toward a future-past horizon where one can exalt Queer devotion, transcendence, and apotheosis. Morabito lives and works in Chicago, USA.

Education

MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2011-2013

BFA, Maryland Institute College of Art, 2001-2005

Private Collections

Textile Resource Center, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Musée des maîtres et artisans du Québec

Exhibitions

2021, Virtual Museum Canada, Musée des maîtres et artisans du Québec, Montréal, Quebec, Canada (Group)
2021, Devotion: Textiles and Textility, NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emerites (Group)
2020, Beyond Words: In Support of Black-led organizations Fighting for Social Justice and Equity, CULT, Aimee Friberg Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA, USA (Group)
2020, Ritual of Succession, CULT | Aimee Friberg Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA, USA (Group)
2020, Queer Abstraction, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS, USA (Group)
2019, Boundless Encounters, Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art, Zhejiang Art Museum, Hangzhou, China (Group)
2019, Quid Bro Quo VOL II: No Obstruction, No Collusion, Fresh Window, Brooklyn, NY, USA (Group)
2019, Queer Abstraction, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA (Group)
2019, Pried, Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA, USA (Group)
2018, The Closer Together Things Are, Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada (Group)
2018, Pretty Queer, Contemporary Art Toledo, Toledo, OH
2018, The Closer Together Things Are, Saint Mary’s University Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (Group)
2018, The Closer Together Things Are, Owens Art Gallery, Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada (Group)
2017, orchidsgladiolascowsdaffodilscandywrappersyelloworangebloodredroses&shit, Document, Chicago, IL, USA (Solo)
2017, The Closer Together Things Are, University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (Group)
2017, Healthcare Design Expo, Skyline Design, Orlando, FL, USA (Group)
2017, EXPO Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA (Group)
2017, Tie Up, Draw Down, Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design, Asheville, NC, USA (Group)
2017, Design Miami/Basel, Casati Gallery, Basel, Switzerland (Group)
2017, NeoCon, Skyline Design, Chicago, IL, USA (Group)
2017, Centrifugal, Praxis Fiber Workshop, Cleveland, OH, USA (Group)
2017, Craft Action: Genre Bending, Media Lounge NYC, College Art Association, New York, NY, USA (Group)
2017, Material Art Fair, Mexico City, Mexico (Group)
2016, SOFA Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA (Group)
2016, EXPO Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA (Group)
2016, Frames Per Second, PLUG Projects, Kansas City, MO, USA (Group)
2016, trans_late, PLUG Projects, Kansas City, MO, USA (Group)
2016, Terms of Use: Reproducing the Photographic Image, Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago, IL, USA (Group)
2016, Devotion/Destruction: Craft Inheritance, Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, Long Island City, NY, USA (Group)
2015, Seeing the Elephant, Bakalar and Paine Galleries, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA, USA (Group)
2015, Toward Textiles: Material Fix, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI, USA (Group)
2015, Du Métier et du Mérite, Biennale Internationale du Lin, Portneuf, QC, Canada (Group)
2014, Material Possessions, Hyndman Gallery, Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN, USA (Group)
2014, Haptic: From One to Another, Adult Contemporary, Chicago, IL, USA (Group)
2014, 9th International Fiber Biennial, Snyderman-Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, USA (Group)
2014, Haptic: Touching Text and Textile, Adult Contemporary, Chicago, IL, USA (Group)
2013, Division of Labor: Anne Wilson, John Paul Morabito, and Fernando Orellana, Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, USA (Group)
2013, Last Call: An Evening of Actions, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL, USA (Group)
2013, MFA Show, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL, USA (Group)
2012, New Work, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL, USA (Group)
2012, Six Incapable Arms, Defibrillator, Chicago, IL, USA (Group)
2012, 7th From Lausanne to Beijing Biennial, Nantong City, Jiangsu Province, China (Group)
2012, Approach, Lexington Art League, Lexington, KY, USA (Group)
2012, For The/Her/A Screen, The Nightingale, Chicago, IL, USA (Group)
2012, 8th International Fiber Biennial, Snyderman-Works Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, USA (Group)
2011, Woven Stories: Exhibition of Contemporary Tapestries, Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY, USA (Group)
2011, Hardtwist 6 - Obsession, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON, Canada (Gtoup)
2011, Sew Local!, Middendorf Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, USA (Group)
2011, Fibremen, Kherson Local Lore Museum, Kherson, Ukraine (Group)
2011, Transforming Touch, River House Arts, Perrysburg, OH, USA (Group)
2011, Fiberart International, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY, USA (Group)
2011, Winter 2011 Emerging Artists Show, RabbitHoleStudio Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA (Group)
2011, Missing/Missed, Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY, USA (Group)
2010, New Fibers, University Gallery of Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI, USA (Group)
2010, Cutting Edge: A Celebration of Fibers, Textile Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY, USA (Group)
2010, Fiberart International, Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA, USA (Group)
2008, Focus Fiber, Cleveland State University Gallery, Cleveland, OH, USA (Group)
2007, Fiberart International, Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences, WV, USA (Group)
2007, Women of Steel, Men of Cloth, Suffolk Museum, Suffolk, VA, USA (Group)
2007, Fiber National, Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA, USA (Group)
2007, Fiberart International, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA, USA (Group)
2006, September Public Juried Exhibition, Projekt 30, New York, NY, USA (Group)
New ‘06 Nurturing the Edge, Cue Art Foundation, New York, NY, USA (Group)