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The Textile Museum is continuing to offer programs on S Street and at other venues throughout its transition to the George Washington University campus. Keep reading for details on upcoming offerings.

Regular Programs:

Registering for a Program
For programs that require registration, please call the Education Department at
(202) 667-0441, ext. 64.

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April 2014

Please note that 2014 programs are being held at multiple
locations as the museum transitions to GW.

     
Wed
2
 

LUNCHTIME LECTURE
Why is Blood Red? The Interplay of Light and Color
GW ALUMNI HOUSE, 1918 F STREET, NW
Wednesday, April 2, 12 PM
GW Chemistry Professor Susan Gillmor will explore how light, reflection, and dye affect our color perception. Vivid artwork relies on this interplay between the visible spectrum and pigments. Taking examples from the natural world, including plants and blood, Gillmor will explore what makes color “pop.” Free; no reservations required. Co-sponsored by the GW Program Board, a student organization providing the GW community with diverse and engaging programs.

     
Fri
4
 

ASK A CURATOR, ASK A CONSERVATOR
THE TEXTILE MUSEUM, 2320 S STREET, NW
Friday, April 4, 10:30 AM–1 PM
This ongoing program, held the first Friday of every month (September through May), gives visitors the opportunity to learn more about their own textiles from Textile Museum curatorial and conservation staff. While TM curators specialize in the textile arts of non-Western cultures, the conservation staff can answer questions about caring for textiles produced worldwide. Fee: free/members; $5/non-members. No reservations required.

     
Fri
11
 

SPECIAL TOUR
Textiles and Korean Treasures
PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART
Friday, April 11, 10 AM
Join us for a full day at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The program will include a behind-the-scenes visit to the textile department; a guided tour of the exhibition Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392–1910, with commentary by TM Eastern Hemisphere Curator Lee Talbot; and a special overview of the textiles on view in the museum. Lunch at the museum’s Granite Hill restaurant is included. Fee: $100/members; $125/non-members (includes lunch; does not include transportation to and from Philadelphia). Call (202) 667-0441, ext. 64 to register; space is limited. Sponsored by the New Horizons Committee, a volunteer group dedicated to expanding the community of Textile Museum members and supporters.

     
Sat
12
 

RUG & TEXTILE APPRECIATION MORNINGS
Belouch and Timuri Rugs
THE TEXTILE MUSEUM, 2320 S STREET, NW
Saturday, April 12, 10:30 AM

Collector Austin Doyle will display and discuss rugs from the Belouch and Timuri groups that became popular among collectors in the 1970s. Because of their distinctive color palettes, these rugs are often referred to as "tall, dark, and handsome." Seating is limited, so please arrive early. Free; no reservations required.

     
Sat
26
 

RUG & TEXTILE APPRECIATION MORNINGS
Remembering the Original Myers Room: A Potpourri
THE TEXTILE MUSEUM, 2320 S STREET, NW
Saturday, April 26, 10:30 AM

For the last Rug and Textile Appreciation Morning held on S Street, TM Trustee Wendel Swan will invite past speakers and the audience to share recollections of the most interesting and informative RTAM programs to date. As part of this special event, participants are invited to bring up to three rugs and textiles—a piece from a particularly memorable RTAM, a favorite, or perhaps a new collection item. Refreshments will follow, courtesy of the International Conference on Oriental Carpets. Seating is limited, so please arrive early. Free; no reservations required.

     

May 2014

Please note that 2014 programs are being held at multiple
locations as the museum transitions to GW.

     
Thu
1
 

EVENING LECTURE
“Do You Nuno?” The Story of Nuno Textiles
GW MARVIN CENTER AMPHITHEATER, 800 21ST STREET NW
Thursday, May 1, 6 PM

Nuno Corporation of Japan creates innovative textiles that combine traditional aesthetics with the latest computer and synthetic technologies. Join Nuno Corporation co-founder Reiko Sudo as she discusses the thirty-year history of one of the world’s leading makers of contemporary textiles. Fee: $20/members; $25/non-members; free/GW faculty and students with ID. Asian Cultural CouncilAdvance registration is required; space is limited. Call (202) 667-0441, ext. 64 to register. This program is made possible in part through grant support from the Asian Cultural Council and a partnership with the George Washington University’s Interior Architecture and Design program.

Textile Museum Shop Special Sale: The TM Shop will offer new merchandise from the Nuno Corporation of Japan for purchase at your arrival and immediately following the lecture. Merchandise will be available for one evening only and on a first-come, first-serve basis. TM members will receive 10% off their purchases. All sales are final.

     
Fri
2
 

ASK A CURATOR, ASK A CONSERVATOR
THE TEXTILE MUSEUM, 2320 S STREET, NW
Friday, May 2, 10:30 AM–1 PM
This ongoing program, held the first Friday of every month, gives visitors the opportunity to learn more about their own textiles from Textile Museum curatorial and conservation staff. While TM curators specialize in the textile arts of non-Western cultures, the conservation staff can answer questions about caring for textiles produced worldwide. Fee: free/members; $5/non-members. No reservations required.

     
Fri
9
 

SPECIAL TOUR
Radical Elements: Art Quilts on the Periodic Table
THE MORRIS AND GWENDOLYN CAFRITZ FOUNDATION ART CENTER
930 KING STREET, SILVER SPRING, MD
Friday, May 9, 10:30 AM
Textile Museum members and friends are invited to an exclusive tour of Radical Elements, a contemporary art quilt exhibit at the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center. Sponsored by the Studio Art Quilt Associates, exhibit organizers invited each participating artist to create a quilt based on an element from the Periodic Table. The resulting artworks, each relating to the elements in unique and witty ways, take quilting beyond the usual materials of fabric and thread. B.J. Adams, a nationally recognized artist and participating quilter, will offer insight into the artists’ inspirations and techniques. Following the tour, enjoy a no-host lunch at a nearby restaurant in downtown Silver Spring. Fee: $20/members; $25/non-members (does not include transportation). Call (202) 667-0441, ext. 64 to register; space is limited. Sponsored by the New Horizons Committee, a volunteer group dedicated to expanding the community of Textile Museum members and supporters.

     
Sat
10
 

RUG & TEXTILE APPRECIATION MORNINGS
Mummies from Western China's Silk Road
GW ALUMNI HOUSE, 1918 F STREET, NW
Saturday, May 10, 10:30 AM

Collector Jeff Krauss will describe his travels along the Silk Road in China, sharing stories and photos of its impressive sights, including Buddhist cave paintings, ancient cities, and ikat production. An illustrated discussion of the mummies and related textiles at the Urumqi Museum will follow. Seating is limited, so please arrive early. Free; no reservations required.

     

June 2014

Please note that 2014 programs are being held at multiple
locations as the museum transitions to GW.

     
Sat
7
 

RUG & TEXTILE APPRECIATION MORNINGS
The Oriental Carpet: Islamic Art with Ancient Roots
GW ALUMNI HOUSE, 1918 F STREET, NW
Saturday, June 7, 10:30 AM

Wendel Swan, collector and TM Trustee, will invite the audience to consider oriental rugs and textiles in relationship to other kinds of Near Eastern art. Acknowledging that many of our woolen collectibles are part of a tradition that is much older than generally realized, the audience is encouraged to bring any form of Islamic art to share. Seating is limited, so please arrive early. Free; no reservations required.

     
Fri
13
 

SPECIAL TOUR
South African Beadwork, Mississippi Quilts, and Historic Anacostia

SMITHSONIAN METRO STOP, NATIONAL MALL
Friday, June 13, 10 AM–4 PM
Travel with The Textile Museum from the National Mall to the Anacostia Community Museum for a special tour of two current exhibitions. In Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence, learn how a small group of women on a farm in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa transformed a traditional craft into path-breaking artworks, including the mural-sized African Crucifixion. Enjoy a private curator-led tour of the small exhibition Home Sewn: Quilts From the Lower Mississippi Valley before venturing behind the scenes to view African and African-American textiles in the museum’s collection. After a box lunch, the tour will continue to the home of Frederick Douglass. Douglass biographer and Anacostia expert John Muller will regale the group with Douglass exploits during an exploration of the grounds before leading a walking tour of historic Old Anacostia. Fee: $50/members; $60/non-members (includes a box lunch and round-trip shuttle service from the National Mall to the Anacostia Community Museum). Call (202) 667-0441, ext. 64 to register; space is limited. Please note: a tour of the interior of the Douglass house is not included in this program. Sponsored by the New Horizons Committee, a volunteer group dedicated to expanding the community of Textile Museum members and supporters.

     
Sat
14
 

RUG & TEXTILE APPRECIATION MORNINGS
Textiles for the Head: Utility, Identity, Authority, Part II
GW ALUMNI HOUSE, 1918 F STREET, NW
Saturday, June 14, 10:30 AM
In a continuation of her 2013 presentation, longtime TM member Christine Brown will discuss how cloth is used on the head in different cultures to conceal and protect, reveal and adorn, and convey status and authority. Audience members are encouraged to bring interesting and diverse examples of textiles worn or used on the head. Seating is limited, so please arrive early. Free; no reservations required.

     

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