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Global Technique, Local Pattern: Ikat Textiles
January 28–May 14, 2017
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.
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.
A Catalog of Difference
February 2–April 30, 2017
Lecture: Monday, March 27, 5pm, Rapson 100
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.
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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