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December 2019

Woven Together

December 6, 2019 - November 8, 2020
Wing Luke Museum

This exhibit honors the diversity of Burma/Myanmar’s many ethnicities, cultures, and religions. Through stories sourced from the local Burmese/Myanmarese community, learn about the complex history of Burma/Myanmar, the challenges these communities face in America, and the journey to build community together. Location: Seattle, Washington

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Adorned: African Women and the Art of Identity

December 11, 2019 - June 19, 2020
Baltimore Museum of Art Baltimore,MD

Across sub-Saharan Africa, a strict gendered division of artistic labor existed throughout much of the 19th and 20th centuries. Men worked in wood and metal, carving and casting works that glorified leaders and paid homage to deities, while women created works in clay, cloth, and beads, stitching and firing the art of everyday life. This exhibition brings together two dozen works from the BMA's collection to demonstrate the critical role of women in shaping and maintaining social identities across 20th-century Africa. Highlights…

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January 2020

Taking a Thread for a Walk

January 1 - April 19
Museum of Modern Art, New York New York,NY

Albers wrote in 1965, “Just as it is possible to go from any place to any other, so also, starting from a defined and specialized field, can one arrive at a realization of ever-extending relationships . . . traced back to the event of a thread.” In Albers’s lifetime, textiles became newly visible as a creative discipline—one closely interwoven with the practices of architecture, industrial design, drawing, and sculpture. A key driver for the development of new languages for woven…

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Off the Wall: American Art to Wear

January 1 - May 17
Philadelphia Museum of Art Philadelphia,PA

Delight in the astonishing inventiveness and techniques of a generation of mixed-media artists who pioneered a new art form designed around the body. Coming of age during the dramatic cultural shifts of the 1960s and 70s, the artists in this distinctively American movement explored nontraditional materials and methods to create adventurous, deeply imaginative works. Image: Off We Go into the Wild Blue Yonder, 1977, by Susanna Lewis (Private collection) Photo by Otto Stupakoff © Julie Schafler Dale

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Great Masters of Mexican Popular Art

January 1 - May 20
Citibanamex Palace of Culture-Iturbide Palace Mexico City,Mexico

The exhibition displays 5,000 pieces of folk art, created by more than 800 Grand Masters from the 32 states of the Mexican Republic. Represented are masters and master craftsmen originating or descending from communities such as the Nahua, Mazahua, Otomí, Rarámuri, Huichol, Tzotzil, Mayan, Mixtec, Zapotec, May, among many others. These works are from artists based in rural and urban areas all over the country, thus recognizing the cultural plurality, geographic, ethnic, and linguistic diversity that exists in Mexico. Image:…

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Desert Design

January 1 - April 5
Musée Bargoin Clermont-Ferrand,France

The Desert Design exhibition of forty contemporary rugs reveals the rare talent of the desert women weavers of Aït Khebbach, a tribe on the borders of southeastern Morocco, at the gates of the Sahara.  The reuse of materials, the liveliness of the colors, and the modernity of the patterns testify to the remarkable creativity of the Berber weavers which contrasts with the austere and minimal environment in which they evolve. Image: The Aït Khebbach tribe with the contemporary rugs.

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From Combat to Carpet: The Art of Afghan War Rugs

January 12 - August 30
Museum of International Folk Art Santa Fe,New Mexico

Afghan “war rugs” gained international attention following the Soviet invasion of 1979 when millions of refugees fled to neighboring Pakistan and Iran. Rug producers, provoked by decades of traders and invaders in the country, adapted traditional motifs and compositions, translating them into depictions of world maps, tourist sites, weapons, and military figures. Over the years, rug makers have continued to update popular imagery and themes to reflect current events, changing technologies, and the tastes of potential buyers. The emergence of…

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African Apparel: Threaded Transformations across the 20th Century

January 18 - May 27
The Cornell Fine Arts Museum Winter Park,FLUnited States

Items of African apparel are loved, lived in, labored over, and invested with salient meaning. This exhibition will highlight a few dozen transformations in African apparel across the 20th century to display the breadth, diversity, and artistry of a continent. These textile, jewelry, headwear, accessory, and clothing items highlight their indebtedness to global interactions, their embodiment of gendered realities, and their expression of generational conflicts and continuities. Image: Cameroon, Bamileke Beaded Shirt, 20th Century. Raffia, cotton, indigo dye, glass beads,…

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February 2020

Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence

February 1 - April 25
Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts

Ubuhle means “beauty” in the Xhosa and Zulu languages. It describes the shimmering quality of light on glass and its special spiritual significance for the Xhosa people. This new form of bead art, the ndwango (“cloth”), is created by a community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Using skills handed down through generations, and working in their own unique style “directly from the soul” (in the words of artist Ntombephi Ntobela), the women create abstract…

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American Quilts

February 5 - May 28
Textile Research Centre

A quintessential feature of many American homes is a bed covering, more generally known as a quilt. As part of the Mayflower 400th Year, the TRC Leiden presents an exhibition that explores the history, meaning and making of these colorful objects over the last 200 years. Over thirty quilts, as well as quilt tops, blocks, materials, equipment and related items will be on display to act as a source of information and inspiration. Location: Leiden, The Netherlands Image: American quilt…

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