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From November 4 to 22, 2013, visit Piece Work: Women and Textiles in the RCAH's LookOut! Art Gallery.
Inspired by poet Barbara Presnell’s book, Piece Work, this exhibition collects diverse objects to represent some of the ways in which women’s work and textiles intertwine, historically and in today’s world. It includes quilts from the MSU Museum Textile Collection and clothing from the Apparel and Textile Design collection in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design; commercially-produced patterns allowed home seamstresses to keep up with changing fashions when cloth was cheap in relation to finished goods. Images of clothing in the history of art and others by photographers who documented working conditions in the 20th century in field, mill, and factory chart the range of ways in which women’s activities and textiles intersect. A collection of garment labels from clothing owned by RCAH students, staff, faculty, and friends demonstrates the global reach of today’s textile industry. Add your labels to it!
Regular LookOut! hours are noon to 3 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and noon to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.
Image credit: Lewis Hine, Italian immigrant carrying piece work, New York City, 1910 (Collection of the Kheel Center, ILR School, Cornell University)