But many are straight up, heartfelt earnestness — made with felt. Lois Harada's orange-green dotted colorblind test chart reveals a heart. Or is our love colorblind? Hilary Treadwell's Cupid's Chalkboard is an arrow with a piece of chalk for the point and pink and blue felt fletchings plus a slate heart chalkboard. Eling Chang's cuts felt into designs of a couple of cute bears in a pea pod for Two Peas in a Pod.

This pure, heartwarming earnestness is perhaps the most striking thing about the show. Pippi Zornoza depicts a crying woman with chained hands amidst an interlace pattern in her silver glitter screenprint on black paper titled I Shall Not Forgive Betrayal. And Ian Cozzens's Ambivalent Valentine is a pink-on-pink design reading "What." But heartbreak or non-coupledom are mostly left unspoken — despite so, so many tantalizing wiseass comic possibilities. Delia Kovac embroiders a 1971 letter from artist Nancy Spero to the critic Lucy Lippard, both feminist activists, into a yellow banner: "NY Oct 29/Dear Lucy/The enemies of women's liberation in the arts/will be crushed./love,/Nancy." Even when something like gender equality comes up the show is unafraid to wear its heart on its sleeve.

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