Date(s) - 09/05/2019 - 12/31/2020
Nancy Nicholas Hall
Indigenous scholars Kendra Greendeer (Ho-Chunk) and Dakota Mace (Diné) co-curate an exhibition exploring material interrelationships among cultures with long histories of exchange throughout the Americas.
From the Andes to the Great Lakes, textiles reflect many cultural narratives of community and tradition. This exhibition analyzes select textiles from the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection and the Little Eagle Arts Foundation, a Ho-Chunk arts organization, to provide a deeper understanding of the lifeways, movement, and stories these objects embodied. It is through these points of intersection that scholars may trace the interrelations of Native cultural practices and oral traditions throughout the western hemisphere and spanning more than a thousand years of history
Greendeer and Mace reflected on the show: “As Indigenous curators, we felt that it was important to create an exhibition that came from an Indigenous perspective. We wanted to provide a new window to recognize and acknowledge the complexity and interconnectedness of Indigenous peoples through textiles.”
The exhibition is free and open to the public during gallery hours.
Events and Workshops:
October 4 | MMoCA Gallery Night: Both the Ruth Davis Design Gallery and Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery will host extended hours as part of the annual Gallery Night. From 5:00-9:00 PM., stop by for flash tours with curators, artists, and gallery staff.
October 25 | Weaving Workshop: Join Ho-Chunk artist Bonnie Bird and the Little Eagle Arts Foundation (LEAF) for a discussion and lecture on the history of finger-woven bags as well as other traditional woven art forms made by the Ho-Chunk of Wisconsin. There will also be a finger-weaving workshop focusing on techniques as well as design. 10:00 AM-1:00 PM.
November 14 | Printmaking Workshop: UW Indigenous art faculty John Hitchcock and Points of Departure artist Jason Ruhl discuss their respective inspirations and processes as John lead a workshop on screen-printing with Fresh Hot Press, the UW-Madison print club. Indigenous print-maker John Hitchcock uses the print medium of screen-printing with its long history of social and political commentary to explore relationships of community, land, and culture. Jason Ruhl is a Madison-based artist who predominantly works in print-based media, taking fragmented pieces of graphic ephemera and reworking them into simplified, enigmatic images. Time and location info here.
November 20 | Documentary Screening and Discussion: “More Than a Word”: Join us for a Native November event, the screening of the documentary “More than a Word” by John Little and Kenn Little. The documentary analyzes the Washington football team and their use of the derogatory term R*dskins. Sponsored by Center for Design and Material Culture, Civil Society and Community Studies department at SoHE, and American Indian Studies. Includes a discussion afterward led by Assistant Professor, Kasey Keeler. Time and location info here.
November 22 | Elder-in-Residence Storytelling: American Indian Studies Elder-in-Residence Mary Louise Defender Wilson, will lead a storytelling event with the SoHE Child Development Lab. Family-friendly event. Friday, November 22nd at 10:00-11:00 AM. Mary Louise Defender Wilson, also known by her Dakotah name Wagmuhawin (Gourd Woman), is a storyteller, traditionalist, historian, scholar, and educator of the Dakotah/Hidatsa people and a cultural director working in health care organizations. “In telling my stories, I help to restore a sense of pride and respect for our young people.” NOTE: Event is full. If you are interested in still hearing Mary Louise Defender Wilson speak, please consider attending her open lecture at the Nelson Institute on 11/21.
Intersections was developed with the generous support of honorary curators Jane and David C. Villa as part of a series of exhibitions celebrating the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection’s 50th Anniversary.
The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection advances understanding of cultures and their history through engagement with textiles for the creative, technical, and educational benefit of scholars from the University and beyond. It is a teaching collection, with over 13,000 textile artifacts spanning 16 centuries and 108 countries. The Ruth Davis Design Gallery organizes a major curated exhibition each academic semester related to a major design topic, followed by showcase installations of Design Studies student creative work at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The Gallery is open Wednesdays and Fridays 10 AM–4 PM, Thursdays 10 AM–7 PM, and Saturdays and Sundays 12–4 PM. Admission is free.
The Ruth Davis Design Gallery organizes a major curated exhibition each academic semester related to a major design topic, followed by showcase installations of Design Studies student creative work at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The Gallery is open Wednesdays and Fridays 10 AM–4 PM, Thursdays 10 AM–7 PM, and Saturdays and Sundays 12–4 PM. Admission is free.
The Center for Design and Material Culture is the primary destination for the multidisciplinary study of material culture and design at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, with particular focus on the study of textiles, material culture, and design thinking. This vision is supported by the rich resources of the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection; two galleries, the Ruth Davis Design Gallery and the Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery; and the SoHE Innovation Studio.
In 2019, the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Human Ecology launched a yearlong anniversary celebration of the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection. Over the past half century, the collection has grown from an original 4,000-piece gift to more than 13,000 objects that have inspired and informed thousands of students, researchers, historians, and textile aficionados. The 50-year celebration began on January 27, 2019, with the opening of new Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery, a space dedicated to year-round displays of the collections. Activities continue into 2019 with a calendar of public exhibitions, symposia, lectures, and public workshops.