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

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.



Northrop Gallery

Roots to Healing

Roots to Healing Opening Reception
Thursday, March 9 from 6-8 p.m.
Northrop Gallery, 4th Floor of Northrop Auditorium
Program begins at 6 p.m. in Best Buy Theater
Featuring original compositions inspired by the exhibition by Ananya Dance Theatre and LOTT.
A reception in Northrop Gallery follows the program.
Open to the public. Free. RSVP at



March 10, 2017–January 2018


Curator: Lisa Philander

Designer: Stephanie Xenos

Exhibition opening March 9 at Northrop Gallery explores the global roots of plant-based healing in Minnesota.

We depend on plants for our wellbeing. Our story is inextricably linked to theirs through the food, fiber, medicine and other benefits they provide. Roots to Healing: A brief survey of the past, present and future of plant-based remedies in Minnesota, an exhibition organized by the College of Biological Sciences Conservatory, invites you to consider the historical, cultural, scientific and economic value of a handful of plants from around the globe that have taken root in Minnesota from the commonplace plantain to the rare Lady’s Slipper orchid or the controversial Cannabis.

Roots to Healing opens March 8 at the University of Minnesota’s Northrop Gallery and runs through the end of 2017. For more information about the exhibition and related programming, visit the CBS Conservatory website at





A Catalog of Difference

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


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.





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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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