Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection

Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery

Intersections: Indigenous Textiles of the Americas

Anchor image advertising Intersections exhibit at SoHE fall 2019September 5 – December 6, 2019 | 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. View the press release for the show, as well as information about related programming.

Ruth Ketterer Harris Lecture: Henry Drewal

“Come to Your Senses! Understanding Arts Everywhere… and the Arts of Yoruba People in Particular”

Image: Dr. Henry Drewal dances with Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, former director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, at its African Art Awards event in October 2018.

Image: Dr. Henry Drewal dances with Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, former director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, at its African Art Awards event in October 2018.

November 13, 2019 | 5:30 – 8:00 PM

This presentation invites the audience to come to its “sense-abilities” in its engagements with the arts. People feel and think with their “body-mind,” an idea whose universal relevance Dr. Drewal explores by way of the arts of the Yoruba in West Africa. Learn more.

Teaching Textiles: The History of Craft Instruction

Blue-and-white-stitched detail from an early 19th-century German embroidery sampler in the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection.

Detail from an early 19th-century German embroidery sampler in the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection.

December 6 – 7, 2019 | Organized by Dr. Marina Moskowitz

Teaching Textiles: The History of Craft Instruction is a symposium at the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, that will explore the nexus of skill, education, communication, enterprise, and collecting of textiles. Learn more.

 


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.

HOURS

Wed & Fri 10am-4pm
Thurs 10am-7pm
Sat-Sun 12-4pm


LOCATION

1300 Linden Drive,
Madison, WI 53706
Parking info


COMING UP

Unpacked Refugee Baggage exhibition main image

UNPACKED: Refugee Baggage
February 5 – May 15


CONTACT

hlatc@sohe.wisc.edu
(608) 262-1162