Emmanuel Gallery hosts Jann Haworth’s art

Bobby Jones


Jann Haworth, most widely known as the co-creator for The Beatles album cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, opened her own exhibit featuring solely her hand-sewn work.

“The album cover art was voted the most important album cover by Rolling Stone Magazine,” Emmanuel Gallery curator Jeff Lambson said. Not only did the album artwork catch Rolling Stone’s eye, but Sgt. Pepper’s was also voted into the top 20 best artworks in Britain of all time by Independent Magazine.

“Our show ‘Never The Less’ is coming off the ‘old lady’ on the cover,” Lambson said. “She’s Jann’s grandmother, the only non-celebrity in the entire piece. “Never The Less” is a reference to the incident that occurred in the US Senate when Elizabeth Warren was silenced after challenging the confirmation of Jeff Sessions as the US Attorney General. Mitch McConnell, in defense of Sessions, said “Nevertheless, she persisted,” to reprimand Warren.

“‘Nevertheless’ was all one word when it was used against her,” Haworth said. “But I love the idea that you can say, “Nevertheless,” in a certain kind of gauntlet way. Never the lesser gender.”

As if to say, “look at me now,” Lambson and Haworth laugh together about the critiques men had given her about her artwork. Ignoring statements that said, “Women couldn’t make art, because they weren’t geniuses like the men,” or that her art had to be, “cast in iron,” or “made out of bronze,” or to use “manly materials,” Haworth’s artwork instead mocks the men in an ironic tone. She used materials men wouldn’t have ever thought of using to create art “womanly ones.” She sewed her pieces whether they be made of vinyl or canvas or domestic materials in the home.

Surprisingly, Haworth’s most popular work, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts, was missing from the exhibit. However, it was replaced by something even better: “SLC Pepper.”

“SLC Pepper is an apology,” said Haworth. “It struck me forcibly that the original cover was flawed. We have to remember that it was a record. It’s not the Hubble Telescope. There were twelve women, and sixty, seventy plus men. There were very low levels of ethnic diversity, and a very high level of celebrities. There was no consideration of the opportunity at hand.” The “SLC Pepper” is located in Salt Lake City and features icons Haworth found to be more influential, all the way from Chuck Barry to Banksy. She wanted “SLC Pepper” to be a push back on the celebrity culture. “We wanted to highlight people who were catalysts for change,” Haworth said.

Haworth’s art isn’t meant to be hung up in a bedroom and merely passed by every morning. In each piece, there is some type of political reference and subtlety. It’s meant to incite deeper thought. When asked about what it meant to have such a politically charged exhibit on a college campus, Haworth started talking about students and their mindsets. She feels that the younger generation has done a great job in turning their faces toward the relevant issues. “A fuse has been lit within students, and we stand shoulder to shoulder with them.”

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