Sunday, October 19, 2014

Ancestry and Artistry: Maya Textiles from Guatamala

October 16, 2014

 There is a textile show that runs from October 16 to December 13 at the Nickle Galleries, a free museum at the University of Calgary. I took the Curator’s Tour of ‘Ancestry and Artistry’ on Thursday at noon. The Gallery Hall (second floor) is filled with huipil (blouses), belts, skirts, men’s trousers and jackets – from some of the earliest collected by the Textile Museum of Canada, to some of the most recent they have acquired.

There were 20 or 30 people on the tour -- a lot for a tour.  I think some were professional weavers and others seem to know a lot of about working with Mayan cooperatives.  I  am going back and taking a chair to sit on so that I can read the museum plates and take a long and close look at the weaving and design.

In connection with this show is a Research Symposium Oct 30 and 31st.

 As well, on Oct 30 there will be a Tour of the Mesoamerican Ceramic Collection in the Department of Archaeology. That day at noon, meet at the Gallery Hall of the Taylor Digital Family Library and there will be a walk over to Archaeology.

All events are free and open to the public. I am expecting to have an enjoyable time at the end of the month and visit the show many times before it closes.


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