"Weavings of War" in the LookOut! Gallery

From June 11 through September 21, 2012, the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities will host the MSU Museum exhibit “Weavings of War” as part of the year-long series Legacies of War.

“Weavings of War” showcases textiles made in a variety of techniques and for different purposes by artists -- mostly women -- who have incorporated pictorial imagery in their work to communicate their personal and collective experiences with war.

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.

The exhibit will run from June 11 through September 21, 2012. Gallery hours are from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays in the LookOut! Gallery within Snyder-Phillips Hall. For visits at other times, please contact Carol Cole, C210 Snyder, at (517) 355-0211.

As part of the greater Lansing area's First Sunday Gallery Walk, a special reception will be held for "Weavings of War" on Sunday, July 1, 2012, from noon to 5 p.m. Find more details about the reception here.

Photo details: Rug. Unidentified artist (Turkmen), from Pakistan, c. 1988.  Turkmen wove carpets with highly coded symbolic patterns for nearly a millennium before the USSR invaded Afghanistan in 1979.  War rugs such as this one represent the Turkmen's first figurative work.

"Weavings of War" presents objects from the collections of the MSU Museum, Ariel Zeitlin Cooke of Montclair, NJ, and Chris Worland of East Lansing. 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 Arts and Humanities is grateful for the opportunity to display these important and informative works and to MSU Museum Textiles Curator Lynne Swanson for facilitating this process.