Stories in Textiles panel and reception

September 11, 2012 - 4:30pm
LookOut! Gallery
362 Bogue Street, Snyder Hall, Second Floor
East Lansing, MI
United States

At 4:30 p.m on Tuesday, September 11, speakers from Afghanistan, Peru, and other countries represented in the current RCAH LookOut! Art Gallery exhibit, "Weavings of War," will talk about how and why fabric art is used to remember traumatic experiences that stem from war, such as destruction, death, or exile. 

Speakers include Zuleikha Zadan, from Afghanistan; Rocio Quispe-Agnoli, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies in MSU's Department of Romance and Classical Studies; Marsha MacDowell, Curator of Folk Arts at the MSU Museum and Professor in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design; Christine Xiong, member of the Hmong community, member of Lansing's Asian Pacific American Forum, and MSU alumna; and moderator Vincent Delgado, Academic Specialist for Civic Engagement in the RCAH.

"Weavings of War" presents objects from the collections of the MSU Museum, Ariel Zeitlin Cooke of Montclair, NJ, and Chris Worland of East Lansing. Several pieces within the Weavings of War exhibit depict the events of September 11, 2001, and with textiles from Asia, Africa, and North and South America, the exhibit represents an eloquent and powerful testimony of the impacts of modern warfare in our world and the relevancy and resilience of folk arts in contemporary life.  Many of the pieces, along with the wall texts and labels, were in the 2006 exhibition of the same name produced by the MSU Museum, City Lore, and the Vermont Folklife Center, and curated by Zeitlin and Marsha MacDowell.

The Residential College in the Arts and Humanities is hosting the exhibit through September 21, 2012, and regular gallery hours are from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.

For additional details about the work within the "Weavings of War" exhibit, visit the virtual exhibition page through City Lore. For more information about visiting the exhibit in the LookOut! Gallery, contact Katie Wittenauer at (517) 884-6290.