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
The Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery is pleased to present Intersections: Indigenous Textiles of the Americas, an exhibition co-curated by UW-Madison graduate students Kendra Greendeer and Dakota Mace. The exhibition looks at weavings of Indigenous groups as a lens through which to explore the interrelation of Indigenous cultures in the Americas.
Intersections: Indigenous Textiles of the Americas focuses on various weaving techniques which are considered one of the oldest textile fabrications in North, Central, and South America. From the Andes to the Great Lakes, weaving has been part of many cultural narratives in relationship to community and tradition.
The exhibition will survey a group of textiles that will provide a more in-depth understanding of the trade, functionality, design, and value of these objects. It is through this point of connection that we start to understand more about the relation of Native cultures and the significance of textiles.
This exhibition was developed with the support of Jane and David 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.