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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
Western Region "Events, Workshops and Symposia"
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.
1525 Bernice St., Honolulu, HI 96817
Ni’ihau Shell Lei: Ocean Origins, Living Traditions
October 26, 2013 – April 14, 2014
A private collection of over 60 stunning and pristine lei will be featured in "Ni‘ihau Shell Lei: Ocean Origins, Living Traditions" examines the science behind Ni‘ihau shells, as well as its manufacturing history and the master craftsman who make them.
This exhibit will be showcased in the Bishop Museum's Long Gallery.
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,
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.
Accessories from The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection
presented in The Annette Green Fragrance Archive, located on the 2nd Floor
Accessories from The Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection is one of two current exhibits drawn from Helen Larson’s exceptional private collection. Surveying footwear, fans, gloves, purses, and hats, these objects demonstrate Helen Larson’s acquisition prowess and appreciation of fashion history. From a pair of 1860s men’s floral Berlin woolwork slippers to a 1930s crimson reptile skin handbag, the importance of adornment is not lost on the viewer of this visually striking installation.
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
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.
Powerful Bodies: Zulu Arts of Personal Adornment
October 13, 2013 - March 2, 2014
In nineteenth-century southern Africa, highly individualized arts of
personal adornment experienced a florescence among isi-Zulu-speakers,
people now called the Zulu. Personal objects worn on or carried around
the body were made with considerable aesthetic investment and announced
status and identity. Intimate objects like ivory hairpins and snuff
spoons were worn in elaborate hairstyles; beautifully crafted snuff
bottles were worn against the body, suspended from belts and necklaces;
and finely sculpted staffs and clubs carried by all adult men were
prized possessions. Men and women wore intricately sewn, jewel-colored
beadwork to accentuate bodily “zones of power”: necklaces drew
attention to the head; beaded fringes and belts highlighted the
reproductive organs; and bracelets and anklets emphasized the hands and
feet. Powerful Bodies includes seventy-nine fine examples of such
objects, which were often imbued with the physical traces of their
Maori Cloaks, Maori Voices
October 13, 2013 - March 2, 2014
When the ancestors of the Māori people sailed to Aotearoa (New Zealand)
roughly nine hundred years ago, they became the first Polynesians to
settle a land outside the tropics. Previous generations of Polynesians
had little need for clothing and made thin beaten barkcloth more for
ceremonial purposes than for warmth. In Aotearoa, Māori women abandoned
making barkcloth and turned instead to the harakeke plant (New Zealand
flax), developing new techniques to twine its fibers into garments by
hand, without benefit of a loom.
The finest cloaks, including some covered with stunning, iridescent
feather work, transcended practical needs and became treasured markers
of prestige. This exhibition features thirteen rare and beautiful
nineteenth- and early-twentieth century cloaks, shown publicly for the
first time since their arrival in Los Angeles in 1965 as part of a
transformational gift to the Museum from the Wellcome Ethnological
Collection in London. The exhibition includes a video in which a panel
of Māori artists and scholars comment on the cloaks and their ongoing
meanings and relevance.
La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum
703 Second Street, La Conner, WA 98257
Timeless Treasures: Crazy Quilts
January 11 – March 23, 2014
Each January, the Museum starts the year with a selection of crazy quilts. The Crazy Quilting craze started around the 1880s when American quilters picked up needle and thread to create these highly embellished quilts. While some Crazies might include fans or other recognizable patterns, the style often features random sized patches sewn onto a foundation fabric. The edges of the patches are covered with embroidery stitches; often, the patches may include paintings, ink work, or embroidery.
Whether made by an individual to show off their sewing skills or by a group as a gift, these highly embellished quilts reach through the years to inspire new generations of quilters and embroiderers.
Out of the Blue — Whidbey Island Surface Design
January 11 – March 23, 2014
Each artist was challenged to literally or figuratively create artwork with Out of the Blue as its theme. At this exhibit you will see contemporary quilts, handmade and hand-dyed textiles, mixed media, wearable art and wall pieces.
Lacis Museum of Lace &
2982 Adeline Street, Berkeley, California, 94703
Smocking: Fabric Manipulation and
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
5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
Costume and Textiles Online
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.
Maryhill Museum of Art
35 Maryhill Museum Drive, Goldendale, WA
Theatre de la Mode
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.
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!
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
the First Peoples Gallery for dramatic glimpses of First Nations
culture before and after the arrival of Europeans. The gallery includes
San Jose Museum of Quilts &
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.
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
The Verve of Quilted Textiles
January 21 – March 14, 2014
Revealing the rich tradition and aesthetic vision of the African American quilting community, The Verve of Quilted Textiles: African American Quilts from the Sandra McPherson Collection, opens at the UC Davis Design Museum on January 21 and runs through March 14, 2014. The exhibition presents more than a dozen quilts created by generations of African American quilters, including samples from Gee’s Bend, Alabama, and works created by local quilters in California. Enriching American culture, the quilts survey tangible connections with design, art, literature, social and economic subjects.
Using profound colors, ornate patterns and free arrangements of swatches cut from new or used textiles, these quilts go beyond their utilitarian purpose to convey family stories and social evolution, while many pieces in this exhibition were originally made for family use. Fragments from used jeans, sack bags, worn knitwear and men’s ties are sewn together stitch by stitch, opening windows on their journeys. The dedication to this traditional craft, the expression of emotional weight and the resourcefulness of materials are also brought together by the quilters using unique designs and techniques.
Now part of the UC Davis Design Collection, these quilts were kindly donated by Sandra McPherson, who used her vast collection of quilts as the inspiration for her poetry writings, research and teaching. McPherson transforms the visual narrative in African American quilts into verbal testimonials; as the stitches were sewn, the words were written to patch up a celebration of American culture in rhythm.
University of Alberta Museums
116 Street and 85 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
The Re-Birth of Venus: Fashion & the Venus Kallipygos
May 3, 2013 – March 2, 2014
The exhibition explores the influence of art on fashion through the study of Venus Kallipygos, a statue from the National Archaeological Museum in Naples, Italy, and its pervasive influence on dress. Unlike other statues, this goddess exposes herself without a hint of modesty. The research investigates the artifact in terms of genre, production and cultural significance. We observe what this Venus is wearing and, as importantly, how it is worn and how it may have influenced late 18th century neoclassical fashion and late 19th and early 20th century dress behaviors.
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
one-fourth scale figurative sculptures of famous individuals from world
history. The figures include amazing reproductions of authentic
- Baskets and other objects from the
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.