[Sash, India, late 18th century, Silk, metal-wrapped yarns; supplementary weft patterned. The Textile Museum 6.315. Museum purchase. Photo by Renée Comet.]
[From the Textile Museum exhibition, Green, on view through September 11, 2011 in D.C.]
On Sunday, while posting news of an upcoming textile exhibition at the Birmingham Museum of Art, I mentioned how incongruous it feels to be writing about pretty fabric and glamorous museum happenings in the wake of a natural disaster that hit so close to home. Typically I reserve the space at the top of SC's sidebar for exhibition listings but now a link to the Red Cross occupies the position, and I'm proceeding on in an attempt to be constructive, promoting cultural events that have been in the works for months -- particularly happenings organized by teams of dedicated Southerners.
[Compote, Wedgwood, England, (est. 1759) Designed by Paul Follot, France, (1877-1941)
Modeled by A. H. "Bert" Bentley, England, (1878-1937)Gift of the The Wedgwood-250 Exhibition USA, Lord Wedgwood and Adele I. Barnett, Co-Chairs.]
A real cross-section of exciting shows will soon open in Birmingham, ranging from Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present to Faces of India: Sculpture from the Callahan Collection. Today at noon, museum conservators Jim and Margaret Burnham talk about their experiences conserving and repairing pieces from the BMA’s extensive ceramics collection, which is renown for its vast array of Wedgwood. This Artbreak is free and open to the public. Be sure to also check out the museum's photography summer camps for kids.
For grown-ups, the Textile Museum in D.C. will offer a three-part summer dyeing workshop in conjunction with Green: The Color and the Cause. Participants will use vegetable dyes to create many shades of green. Here are the dates:
Part I: Friday, July 22 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Part II: Saturday, July 23, 10:30 a.m. -4 p.m.
Part III: Sunday, July 24, 1 - 4 p.m.
And more specifics can be found here.
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