Press release: PROGRAMS IN JANUARY
MONDAY, January 9, 3:30 pm
Explore the history of Europe’s fascination with the textile and costume arts of the Ottoman Empire with Walter B. Denny, professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Charles Grant Ellis Research Associate for Oriental Carpets at The Textile Museum. Please note that this program is co-sponsored with the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and will be held there. FREE; no reservations required.
Special Exhibition Tour
Rozome Masters of Japan
SATURDAY, January 14, 1:30 pm
Take a Saturday afternoon break and enjoy a special docent-led tour of the current exhibition of contemporary Japanese textiles, Rozome Masters of Japan. FREE; no reservations required.
Cosmological Visions:Huari Imperial Iconography
SATURDAY, January 14, 2:30 pm
The Huari Empire (circa AD 750-950) was a vast, long-standing culture that linked remote regions and peoples in what now constitutes Peru. In this lecture, Anita Cook, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the Catholic University of America, will focus on the human representations found in Huari textiles and ceramic painting and their transformation into cosmological beings. Referencing the tunics and mantle pieces in the exhibition Gods and Empire: Huari Ceremonial Textiles, along with ceramic painting, Ms. Cook will explore the imagery and how each medium possesses its own idiom, paying particular attention to imagery of processions that include sacrifice and blood letting, and how it represents the Huari belief in the regenerative quality of the human body and sustaining the larger community. FEE: $7/Textile Museum members; $10/non-members. Advance registration required. To register, click here or call (202) 667-0441, ext. 64.
The Art of Rozome Meets the World of Sake
THURSDAY, January 19, 6-8 pm
Join with Rebecca A.T. Stevens, Consulting Curator for Contemporary Textiles, and The Textile Museum’s New Horizons Committee to savor some of the best of contemporary Japan, including exquisite textiles and fine boutique sakes, at a special tour and tasting event. The evening will include curator-led gallery tours of the exhibition Rozome Masters of Japan, and local sake specialist Christian Choi, who will preside over a tasting of sake, Japan’s quintessential drink. Led by Choi and a guest sake sommelier, participants will learn how to evaluate sakes by color, aroma and flavor, while enjoying a selection of Japanese appetizers. Whether you are already a lover of sake and Japanese cuisine or are trying these delicacies for the first time, the evening will be a unique opportunity to enjoy Japanese culture with other lovers of the textile and culinary arts. FEE: $35/Textile Museum members; $45/non-members. Advance registration required. To register, click here or call (202) 667-0441, ext. 49.
Travel with The Textile Museum
June 9-23, 2006
The Textile Museum invites you to take an unforgettable trip this summer! Northern Lights: Textile Arts of Finland and Sweden, a Textile Museum Study Tour to Finland and Sweden with an excursion to Tallinn, Estonia, will give participants a unique opportunity to explore a fascinating mix of tradition and innovation in textiles. We will see unique medieval survivals of dress items and furnishings as well as superb carpets, tapestries and silks from trade and diplomacy during Sweden’s days of empire, a strong and colorful rural weaving tradition and vibrant contemporary textile expression in tapestry and sculptural forms. An optional trip extension will take participants above the Artic Circle in Sweden for the summer solstice celebration and visits with Sami crafts persons.
Study Tour leader Dr. Desiree Koslin, a native Swede with Finnish heritage, received her initial textile training in the Hemslojden tradition and at the Libraria, an atelier for ecclesiastical textiles. She worked in the Jack Lenor Larsen Inc. Larsen Design Studio, and is currently a faculty member at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
For more information, contact Travel Plans International or call (800) 323-7600.
EXHIBITIONS ON VIEW NOW:
Gods and Empire: Huari Ceremonial Textiles
thru January 15, 2006
Rozome Masters of Japan
thru February 12, 2006
Silk & Leather: Splendid Attire of 19th-Century Central Asia, An Exhibition in Honor of Caroline McCoy-Jones
thru February 26, 2006
Seldom Seen: Director’s Choice from the Museum’s Collections
February 10 – July 30, 2006
Harpies, Mermaids, and Tulips: Embroidery of the Greek Islands and Epirus Region
March 17 – September 3, 2006
The Textile Museum is located at 2320 S Street, NW, Washington, DC.
Hours are Monday – Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday 1 to 5 pm. Admission is free; suggested donation is $5.00.