Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery
A Diverse Continent: African Textiles in Context
May 9 to July 26, 2019
This showcase of 36 textiles from 18 countries represents the diversity of African culture and textile-making traditions.
Textiles from Africa are as varied as the continent itself. Materials ranging from raffia palm fiber and silk to recycled wire are expertly woven, knit, knotted, plaited, embroidered, beaded, stamped, painted, and dyed to create a staggering variety of textiles. A Diverse Continent features two dozen unique textile-making traditions from across Africa, encapsulating one facet of the continent’s staggering diversity.
A Diverse Continent, developed with the support of Sandy and Jack Winder, is the second exhibition planned for the newly opened Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery. The Gallery is a permanent space dedicated to year-round, rotating displays of textiles and clothing from the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection.
Intersections: Indigenous Textiles of the Americas
September 5 – December 6
Guest curated by Jane and David C. Villa
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. Select textiles and objects from the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection and the Little Eagle Arts Foundation, a Ho-Chunk arts organization, provide a deeper understanding of the intersecting lifeways, movement, and stories of people throughout the western hemisphere and spanning more than a thousand years of history.
This exhibition was developed with the support of Jane and David C. Villa and is part of a series of exhibitions in celebration of the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection’s 50th Anniversary.
About the 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 new Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery is a permanent space dedicated to year-round displays of the collection.