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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


Southeast Asian Studies

There won't be a major new exhibition at The Textile Museum this fall because the institution will be in the midst of moving to George Washington University's main campus. Doors to the Museum's now-under-construction, 46,000-square-foot, six-level facility are slated to open fall 2014. But the TM's annual Textile Symposium will be held October 12 - 13, 2013, and serve as a fond farewell to the old building.

[Wax-resist cotton sarong from Indonesia, (Java, Pekalongan) 1870-1880. The Textile Museum Collection.]

Dovetailing with the Museum's current show, Out of Southeast Asia: Art That Sustains, woven Lao-Tai and Indonesian textiles will be the focus. If you're a student (undergrad or grad in Southeast Asian studies, art history, anthropology, or another textile-related course of study) or a D.C. Public Schools educator, limited scholarships are available. Click here and scroll down for deadlines and details.

Symposium speakers include: curator Dr. Ruth Barnes from Yale University Art Galley, Tim Johnson of Jim Thompson (say that five times fast), Dr. Mattiebelle Gittinger of The Textile Museum, and other leaders in the field. Gittinger co-authored the 1990s exhibition catalog, Textiles and the Tai Experience in Southeast Asia, a great book to pickup secondhand if you're anxious to explore.

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