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Western Region (Region V)

Alaska, British Columbia, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Alberta, Montana, Saskatchewan, Wyoming, Nevada, Northwest Territories, Oregon, Washington, Yukon Territories

The Region V Exhibitions Calendar lists exhibitions of costume, lectures and workshops. Please note dates of exhibitions may change. If no beginning date is given, the exhibition is already open.

CSA-sponsored programs in the Western Region:
Western Region "Events, Workshops and Symposia" page.

The Autry in Griffith Park
4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462

Norman F. Sprague Jr. Gallery
Floral Journey: Native North American Beadwork
March 15 - April 26, 2014

Art and spirituality converge with trade and commerce in Floral Journey: Native North American Beadwork, a groundbreaking exhibition opening in March 2014. Through 250 unique objects and personal stories, the exhibition is the first of its kind to explore how beaded floral designs became a remarkable art form as well as a means of economic and cultural survival for the Native North American people.

Floral Journey presents moccasins, bags, dresses, hats, jackets, and other exquisite beaded and quilled items selected from fifteen cultural institutions, including the Autry's Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection, and multiple private collections. Many of the objects will be displayed to the public for the first time.


How the West Was Worn by…Michael Jackson

In the world of style, pop icon Michael Jackson’s willingness to try different patterns and designs made him truly unique. Millions of people around the world saw his elaborate costumes, but very few realized the Western influence in the design. The Autry National Center’s installation shows how Jackson’s use of Western wear evolved over the years, reflecting his ability to use classic Western styles in distinctive ways.


Tonto and the Lone Ranger

See the costumes worn by actors Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp in the movie The Lone Ranger (2013). The special installation includes the full Lone Ranger and Tonto costumes, along with prop weapons, jewelry, headgear, and footwear.


Floral Journey: Native North American Beadwork
March 15 - April 26, 2014

Art and spirituality converge with trade and commerce in Floral Journey: Native North American Beadwork, a groundbreaking exhibition opening March 15, 2014. Through 250 unique objects and personal stories, the exhibition is the first of its kind to explore how beaded floral designs became a remarkable art form as well as a means of economic and cultural survival for the Native North American people. Floral Journey presents moccasins, bags, dresses, hats, jackets, and other exquisitely beaded and quilled items selected from multiple private collections and fifteen cultural institutions, including the Autry's Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection. Many of the objects will be displayed to the public for the first time.

Bishop Museum
1525 Bernice St., Honolulu, HI 96817

Pacific Hall

Explore Moananuiākea, the wide expanse of Oceania, in Pacific Hall's newly renovated two-story gallery.

Encounter the family of the Pacific on the first floor, which is filled with cultural treasures — model canoes, woven mats, contemporary artwork, and videos of Pacific scholars. On the second floor, learn about the origins and migrations of Pacific peoples through the fields of archaeology, oral traditions, and linguistics.

Bowers Museum
2002 North Main Street Santa Ana, CA, 92706

Ancient Arts of China: A 5000 year Legacy

Curated by authorities of Chinese history and culture from the Shanghai Museum, this incredible collection portrays the evolution of Chinese art and culture.

Journey back through 5000 years of Chinese history and follow the efflorescence of arts throughout one of the world's oldest living civilizations. From large painted ceramic pots used during the Neolithic period, to sculptures of camels and horses made at the height of the Silk Road, to beautiful embroidered silk court robes and ivory carvings from the 19th century, this exhibition presents the importance of fine art made to be admired during life and depended on in the afterlife.

de Young Museum
Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA, 94118

Lines on the Horizon: Native American Art form the Weisel Family Collection
May 3, 2013 - January 4, 2015

Lines on the Horizon highlights Native American art from the collection of the Thomas W. Weisel Family. Spanning more than 1,000 years of artistic creativity, the exhibition will focus on the indigenous arts of the American Southwest, featuring 11th-century Mimbres ceramics alongside masterful classic Navajo weavings from the mid to late 19th century and 20th-century works by recognized artists such as the ceramicist Nampeyo of Hano Pueblo. Singular pieces from the Northwest Coast and the first Plains ledger drawings to enter the permanent collection will also be shown. The artworks, carefully chosen over 30 years of collecting, reflect an emerging sense that, through close visual and technical analysis, it may be possible to identify the styles of specific individuals who created these diverse works. Even if we may never know their names, we can still celebrate their works of art as expressions of personal and communal worldviews.

FIDM Museum & Galleries
919 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

22nd Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition
February 11 - April 26, 2014

Costumes from selected films of 2013 will be displayed in this annual exhibition of film costume design. Highlighted in the exhibition will be the previous year’s Academy Award® winner for Best Costume Design, Anna Karenina, designed by Jacqueline Durran.


Bliss: 19th-Century Wedding Gowns from the Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection
February 11 - July 5, 2014

Yards of satin and faille, froths of lace and tulle, glimmers of beads and rhinestones: the stuff of dreams that clothed the female transition from maidenhood to matrimony. BLISS: 19th-Century Wedding Gowns from The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection looks at a century of idealized brides dressed in simple sheaths of the First Empire to complex draperies of the Gilded Age; each decade represented by the reigning silhouette. Meant to celebrate a single day, these rare ensembles continue to inspire nostalgic happy-ever-afters.


8th Annual Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design
July 22 - September 20, 2014

For the eighth year, this annual exhibition celebrates the art and artistry of Primetime Emmy Nominated Costume Designers and Costume Supervisors. Including costumes from a variety of television genres, the exhibition is organized by guest curator Mary Rose, costume designer and member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Costume Design & Supervision Peer Group.

FIDM Gallery Orange County
17590 Fillette Avenue, Irvine, CA 92614

Bound to Impress: Corsets from The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection
December 20, 2013 - June 14, 2014

For centuries, corsets contorted the female figure into the reigning ideal. Bound to Impress: Corsets from The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection highlights these unnatural fashions between the 1760s and the 1820s. Whether conically shaped with rigid backs and flattened breasts or rounded hourglasses with sloped shoulders and clinched waistlines, garment silhouettes followed the dictates of these concealed undergarments. This exhibition covers sixty years—from the Ancien Régime, through the French Revolution, during the age of Napoléon, to the era of British Romanticism.

Fowler Museum at UCLA
308 Charles E. Young Drive North Los Angeles, CA, 90095

Fowler in Focus: Fiftieth Anniversary Gifts
September 15, 2013 - April 2014

The first installation focuses on art from across Asia, with a particular emphasis on textiles, and includes stunning examples from Indonesia, Japan, China, and Malaysia.

La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum
703 Second Street, La Conner, WA 98257

Made by Hand
March 26 - June 29, 2014

Exhibition displaying works by Marianne Burr. She describes her work here: In a world of hurry and stress my work is slow and carefully considered. I hand paint my designs on silk and then create a complex design with hand stitching and applique. The aim is to create a richly stitched silk surface that catches the light and seems to glow from within. I am committed to doing my best and while the design is planned on paper first it changes as the stitching progresses. There is pleasure in ongoing challenge and satisfaction in discovering that others enjoy and are inspired by the art I create. The one thing I have learned is that there is always a way to express my ideas, even if it wasn't exactly what I intended when I began. -Marianne Burr-


Suzanis and Crazy Quilts
March 26 - June 29, 2014

This exhibit highlights a collection of crazy quilts and embroidered suzanis that were gifted to the museum by the Miriam Wosk Family Trust in late 2012. The quilts and suzanis were collected by California artist Miriam Wosk (1947-2010) over her lifetime. Miriam was born in Vancouver, Canada and found commercial success as an illustrator in New York in the 1960's through 80's. Ultimately, Wosk made her home in southern California where she flourished as an artist. The textiles in this exhibit, along with her many collections of decorative items, served as inspiration pieces for her elaborate collage and painted works. In the words of Kristine McKenna in the book Abundance and Devotion: The Art of Miriam Wosk, Miriam’s aesthetic is "a convergence of styles and influences, and incorporates elements of everything from folk and decorative art to Surrealism and kitsch . . . (her) imagery seems to spring from the lush, mysterious realm of her dream life, and the terrain of her late work has the quality of an underwater garden." The museum will also have images of select works from Miriam Wosk as examples of how textiles influenced her art, and an original tapestry from the collection of Wosk's son, Adam Gunther. To learn more about Miriam's life and work, visit www.miriamwosk.com.


Wishes Through Our Hands — Japanese Quilts
July 2 - October 5, 2014

Quiltmaking is converting our wishes into tangible form through the use of our hands. When we begin any sort of creation, we are filled with thoughts and ideas, and we devise a process of forming them. It must be the most inspiring and exciting moment of the process. It is utterly so when we are planning a quilt to be made. It starts with pouring our wish and mind in the quilt for someone we care, for our own dreams, or for serving our society. Three years ago when the Tsunami attacked East Japan and washed away family members, homes and jobs, the American and Japanese people sent nearly 9,000 quilts to the survivors to keep them warm and comfort them. At the same time, instead of giving quilts to them, there was a "quilt making activity" started by a young volunteer group in order to encourage the mind-lost women still in temporary houses. Our quilt group gladly joined the group to support them with a belief that it will inspire those women so that they will find a joy of creation and find hope and dream for their future. This exhibit features some of these quilts.


Works of Junko Maeda
July 2 - October 5, 2014

Feeling deeply pitiful for the forgotten and discarded cotton fabrics in Japan, Junko has been working on preserving them. For hundreds of years, cotton fabrics had been preciously and broadly used for common people's bedding called "Futon" and working jackets called "Hanten" until synthetic textiles were introduced. She collected the fabrics from north to south and made countless miniature Futon and Hanten in one sixth of the normal size.

Junko Maeda has been working with Japanese natural fiber textiles such as silk, linen and cotton, for nearly forty-five years. They are used not only in quilts but in piece works, clothing, Sashiko works, etc. In the past several years, she has been inspired by handicraft called "Pojagi." Pojagi is Korean women’s traditional patchwork handed down from mother to daughter in the family. Traditionally, a woman used scraps, worn fabrics, swatches collected from each member of the family and made pojagi, giving her whole mind in her work for the purpose of unifying the family and wishing them everlasting wealth and happiness. Junko traveled to Korea several times and made a research in material fabric called ramie and traditional Pojagi. She has interpreted the construction, color and the beauty of Pojagi to her own style and created new art works which are displayed in this museum.


Color in the Great Depression
March 26 - June 29, 2014

Every spring, the fields surrounding La Conner are filled with bright colors. Beginning in March with the iridescent yellow daffodils and continuing through April with the varied tulips, our lives in this part of the world are resplendent with color and they have inspired our first floor displays.

Quilts made during the 1930's Depression years often display bright colors in spite of the hard times. These cheerful quilts brightened the lives of the makers and their families. On display this quarter, will be selected quilts from the Josie Teeter Schlotter back Collection, a collection that spans fifty years of quiltmaking. The display will include a hexagon Grandmother's Flower Garden, a Lily Quilt, and a Circle Star Quilt along with some recently finished quilt tops on display for the first time at the museum.

Lacis Museum of Lace & Textiles
2982 Adeline Street, Berkeley, California, 94703

Smocking: Fabric Manipulation and Beyond
March 18 - October 4, 2014

This exhibit acknowledges smocking as having a vital role in the development of what we wear and our need to create beauty in these same objects. It is organized around three themes: historical and cultural, contemporary, conceptual.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
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Princely Traditions and Colonial Pursuits in India
Ahmanson Building, Level 4
August 10, 2013 - October 12, 2014

South Asian artistic traditions were dramatically transformed by the political, social, and economic changes that accompanied India’s passage from native to colonial rule in the nineteenth century. Artists formerly employed by Indian princes came to work for English officials and merchant elites, adjusting their practices to suit their new patrons’ tastes. English artists and expatriates introduced new genres and pictorial styles to India, while foreign demand for Indian luxury items brought about aesthetic transformations in textiles, silver, and other goods. The exhibition explores a complex and fascinating visual history, and brings together rarely-seen artworks from LACMA’s South and Southeast Asian, Costume and Textiles, and European Painting and Sculpture Departments.


Shaping Power: Luba Masterworks from the Royal Museum for Central Africa
July 7, 2013 - May 4, 2014

Shaping Power features Luba masterworks from the Democratic Republic of the Congo on loan from the Royal Museum for Central Africa and rarely seen outside of Belgium. Figurative thrones, elegant scepters, and ancestral figures actively contributed to the formation and expansion of a highly influential Luba state from the 18th to early 20th centuries. The exhibition includes a kneeling female figure holding a bowl by the celebrated artist known as the Buli Master, as well as the Royal Museum's most iconic mask recalling the Luba culture hero-on loan for the first time ever. Shaping Power presents the richness and complexity of Luba arts, and lends insight into a world renowned African aesthetic and cultural legacy. A contemporary installation entitled Congo: Shadow of the Shadow (2005) by Aimé Mpane, on loan from the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African Art, presents a gripping commentary on re-shaping power during the colonial period using the play of light and shadow, substance and ethereality. In addition, a bead-laden Luba memory device from a private collection suggests how the past is continually re-imagined through the eyes of the present.


Kimono for a Modern Age, 1900–1960
July 5 - October 19, 2014

A blend of the traditional and the modern characterized life and dress during Japan's Meiji (1868–1912), Taishō (1912–1926) and Shōwa (1926–1989) periods. During the early 20th century, a majority of Japanese women continued to wear traditional kimono. But, as demonstrated in the exhibition, the kimono evolved to reflect the introduction of vibrant synthetic colors, new modes of textile production, and bold abstract and figurative design motifs, often inspired by Western art movements and important current events, such as space exploration.

Kimono for a Modern Age features more than 30 captivating examples from LACMA’s permanent collection exhibited for the first time.

Maryhill Museum of Art
35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale, WA

Theatre de la Mode

These one-third human size mannequins celebrated world peace at the close of the World War II through their lavish display of the new “modern look” in fashions for women. After their premiere in Paris they toured Europe then America. The last stop of the original 1946 international tour of Theatre de la Mode was San Francisco where the mannequins remained until the early 1950s. At that time they were acquired by Maryhill Museum of Art. They went on a second world tour in the 1990s visiting Paris, New York, Baltimore, Portland and Tokyo.

Visitors to the exhibit will enter the enchanted world of 47 dramatically grouped mannequins dressed in the exquisitely detailed fashions of Paris in 1946 and posed in three artistic stage sets with lights designed specifically to create a theatrical atmosphere.

Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak St. at 10th & Oak Streets (Lake Merritt Bart Station on the Fremont Line), Oakland, CA, 94607

Gallery of California History

This gallery includes artifacts that illustrate the diversity of California cultures, including domestic life. The Creative Hollywood interactive exhibit invites you to gain firsthand filmmaking experience with opportunities to design costumes, create animation, and add sound effects to movies. If you’ve ever wondered if you have what it takes to become the next Walt Disney, Edith Head, or Steven Spielberg, here’s your chance to find out!


The Smallest of Worlds
October 9, 2013 - July 6, 2014

This fall, the Oakland Museum of California unveils a selection of intricate dioramas from the collection of celebrated San Francisco artist Rex May. Possibly best known for designing the iconic 49-Mile Scenic Drive sign, Rex May had a great effect on the popularization of Latin American folk art, with a collection of over 1,400 Peruvian, Brazilian, Nicaraguan, and Mexican pieces. The four dioramas on display capture everyday Mexican street scenes such as a flower market and a cantina, with figures created by the Aguilar family, artisans from Oaxaca. The dollhouse-like pieces portray fleeting moments in a truly unique and nostalgic way, evoking a playfulness that brings the depicted figures, buildings, and objects to life. The installation in OMCA's Gallery of California Art is inspired by the unique aesthetic of Rex May's home, in which these dioramas were displayed amongst his vast collection of artwork.

Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205

Native American Basketry

This online exhibit illustrates the broad range of Native peoples’ artistry, both ancient and contemporary.

Royal British Columbia Museum
675 Belleville Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 9W2, Canada

Visit the First Peoples Gallery for dramatic glimpses of First Nations culture before and after the arrival of Europeans. The gallery includes ceremonial masks.

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
520 S. First Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Metamorphosis: Clothing & Identity
January 29 - April 27, 2014

Metamorphosis: Clothing & Identity is a retrospective of the San Francisco Bay Area Art-to-Wear movement and traces the evolution of the rich history and legacy of this genre from its inception in the 1960s to the current group of second generation designers that are creating their own one-of-a-kind, handmade, artful garments. The exhibition will also present a “metamorphosis” of clothes that transcends functional attire and becomes sculptural manifestations of symbolic ideas that challenge our notion of clothing and identity.

Comprised of approximately 60 pieces, Metamorphosis will chart the development of the Bay Area Artwear movement starting from the original Levi’s “Denim Art Contest” of 1973 all the way through the works of contemporary designers. Included is an eclectic display of art-to-wear garments, as well as textiles, drawings, wall hangings, large-scale installations, and original ephemera from significant historical artwear exhibitions. Originally denoting handmade textiles from traditional processes, artwear has come to encompass a wide breadth of techniques, including shibori, felting, crochet and knitting, hand painting, clamp resist dyeing, pleating, quilting, and sewing. The exhibition showcases work by influential founders of the Artwear movement, each with their own recognized technique and aesthetic. These artists include: Jean Cacicedo, Marian Clayden, Kaffe Fassett, Ellen Hauptli, Ana Lisa Hedstrom, Ina Kozel, Janet Lipkin, K. Lee Manuel and Yvonne Porcella. Other artists included in the exhibit are: Isaac Amala & Liz Simpson, Michael Cepress, Angelina De Antonis, Ellen Hauptli, Laura Raboff, Carol Lee Shanks, Nancy Yodelman, and Wendeanne Ke`aka Stitt.


Tasty, too!
January 29 - April 27, 2014

Tasty, too! offers a whimsical exploration into the intersection of some of our most basic needs—food, warmth, community—showcasing food inspired quilts and textiles from a private collection, contemporary artists, and the community.

Tasty, too! highlights a few of the remarkable quilts from the 1999 exhibit and catalog Women of Taste, A Collaboration Celebrating Quilt Artists and Chefs (C&T Publishing). Included are Alice Beasley's Bette's Diner, Mary Mashuta's Mixed Greens, and Cherries 3 by Miriam Nathan-Roberts. One large wall is completely covered with over 80 vintage to new pot holders. Culled from a private collection these utilitarian objects each with a food related subject provide a glimpse into our collective delight on the subject of food, eating, and cooking.

A complementary exhibit is the small scale 16” x 16” food related quilts created by artists responding to the Tasty! theme and challenge. Donated to the museum these quilts are available for sale to raise money for the museum’s programs.

Seattle Asian Art Museum
1400 East Prospect Street, Volunteer Park, Seattle, WA, 98112

DECO JAPAN: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920-1945
May 10 - October 19, 2014

Showcasing the spectacular craftsmanship and sophisticated design associated with both Japan and Art Deco style, this exhibition is the first in the U.S. to explore a little-a brand of pre-WWII modernism borne of competitive ingenuity and vivacious cosmopolitanism. Curated by Dr. Kendall Brown, Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920–1945 subtly conveys the complex social and cultural tensions in Japan during the Taisho and early Showa periods through dramatically designed examples of metalwork, ceramics, lacquer, glass, furniture, jewelry, sculpture and evocative ephemera such as sheet music, posters, postcards, prints and photography. The vitality of the era is further expressed through the theme of the moga ("modern girl") — an emblem of contemporary urban chic that flowered briefly, along with the Art Deco style, in the 1920s and 30s.

UC Davis Design Museum
University of California, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA, 95616

Design by Design 2014 Juried Student Design Competition
April 11 - June 5, 2014

The Design Museum displays current UC Davis design students work in order to highlight the breadth, talent and diversity of the Department of Design. This is a juried exhibition. This competition is sponsored by the Birgitta and Helge Olson Design Award and the UC Davis Design Museum.

University of Alberta Museums
116 Street and 85 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Wedding Traditions in Ukraine



Unwrapping the Mysteries of a 2000-year-old Mummy


Ventura County Museum of History & Art
100 East Main Street, Ventura, CA, 93001, USA
805-653-0323 x. 20

Permanent collections include:

  • The George Stuart Collection of Historical Figures®, one-fourth scale figurative sculptures of famous individuals from world history. The figures include amazing reproductions of authentic historical costumes.
  • Baskets and other objects from the local Chumash Indians, as well as artifacts from other Native American cultures outside the county.
  • Clothing and accessories from the 18th century to the present, and textiles such as quilts and other household linens, flags and banners.


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