University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
School of Architecture College of Design


Gallery 241

McNeal Hall, St. Paul Campus


HGA Gallery

Rapson Hall, Minneapolis Campus

Global Technique, Local Pattern: Ikat Textiles

Opening Party: Friday, January 27, 6 - 8pm Gallery 241


January 28 – May 14, 2017




Co-Curators:  Jean McElvain and Mary Alice Chaney

Ikat patterns are both intricate and bold. The feathered edges of the pattern simultaneously expose its hand-crafted nature and the deft skill required to create it. Ikat is a Malay-Indonesian word that means to tie or to bind. In Uzbekistan, these textiles are referred to as abr, which translates to cloud, referencing the soft edges of pattern.

The expertise and time that ikat requires makes it a textile that is both admired and mysterious in today’s world of mass produced yardage. Ikat is deeply ingrained in cultural heritage in locations all over the world. In India, for example, ikat is used for basic cotton garments, as well as for the most luxurious silk saris.  Central Asian ikat patterns, which are typically larger in scale than the south, date back to the days of Genghis Khan. Textiles from locations such as Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Uzbekistan, Japan and the South American Andes will also be on exhibit.


Related Events

Lecture: Thursday, March 23, 6:30 - 8:30pm, 33 McNeal Hall

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Weaver's Guild of Minnesota and GMD. Click here for more information and to RSVP.



Midwest Home: Goldstein Museum of Design Celebrates Ikat

Evensi: Global Technique, Local Pattern: Ikat Textiles Opening Party





A Catalog of Difference


Opening Party: Wednesday, February 1, 6 - 8pm HGA Gallery


February 2 – April 30, 2017





Guest Curator: Andrew Lucia

A Catalog of Difference is a study of change across material and perceptual environments, analyzing those differences which make a difference. Through a series of visualizations and models this body of work explores structural diagrams that have been meticulously extracted from the gradients of surface curvature and ambient light within their environments. Collectively, A Catalog of Difference speculates on the role of light as a formal generator for non-geometric models of material phenomena and morphology.

The research conducted for this exhibition was undertaken as part of the Cass Gilbert Visiting Fellowship in the School of Architecture, University of Minnesota.


Related Events

Lecture: Monday, March 27, 5pm, Rapson 100

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Evensi: A Catalog of Difference Opening Party

Northrop Gallery Minneapolis Campus

What the Fluxus? Manifestations Through Visuals and Performing Arts

January 16 - February 20, 2017



Artists, dancers, composers, and writers have long collaborated in joining ideas, practices, and elements. In the 1960s, a formidable group of artists were merging aesthetics while championing concepts of chance, impermanence, and the banal; blurring life and art. They celebrated all that was ordinary—primal even—and favored an open form process. It was from these mechanisms that new methods of approaching choreography and composing music, writing, and presenting poetry and artwork emerged.

What the FLUXUS? is a two-part exhibition celebrating the visual, literary, and performing artists that traversed an internationally critical period in a way that challenged—both culturally and politically—how art was made, perceived, and experienced. Complementing the CCN-Ballet de Lorraine performance as part of Northrop’s Dance Season, the exhibit features the intersection of dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham with composers John Cage and David Tudor, artist Robert Rauschenberg, and artists that formed the FLUXUS family including Yoko Ono, Dick Higgins, and Nam June Paik.

Open during regular Northrop building hours. What the FLUXUS? is an exhibit open to the public running from Jan 17-Feb 20 on the 4th floor of Northrop.

More info about the gallery here.

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All GMD programming is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support Grant, thanks to legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.


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