MAYAN TRAJE: A TRADITION IN TRANSITION
JULY 21, 2019 – OCTOBER 13, 2019
TURNER AND GILLILAND GALLERIES
The Maya of Guatemala are known worldwide for their excellent weaving and distinctive trajes (traditional clothing). These were once 100% village-specific, and people could be recognized as being from a specific place. Over time, many and diverse influences have caused significant change -- but even so, visitors are struck by the ubiquitous nature of indigenous weaving and the persistence of their “wearable art”. This exhibit will show outstanding examples of clothing from the early 20th century to contemporary fashion, highlight key differences, and explore some of the reasons for these changes. On view will be individual pieces as well as full trajes – none created for tourist markets. These will be drawn from the rarely-displayed collection of the Friends of the Ixchel Museum.
LA VIE DE BOHÈME
JULY 21, 2019 – OCTOBER 13, 2019
La Vie de Bohème celebrates the collaboration between two San Jose cultural institutions, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles and Opera San José. Showcasing costumes, illustrations and props from Opera San José's production of La Bohème, the costumes illuminate the story of a group of bohemians, and how their lives become intertwined. Although the novel was set in Paris in the 1840s, the costumes in this exhibition represent the 1920s.
Costume Designer: Alina Bokovikova
Costume Director: Alyssa Oania
This exhibition and costumes on display are generously underwritten by Mary and Clint Gilliland.
THE PRIVILEGE TO BREATHE: ADIA MILLETT
JULY 21, 2019 - AUGUST 25, 2019
The Privilege to Breathe is a series of abstracted textile pieces based on a few questions Adia began to ask herself, Can privileges be universal? What are the privileges that inform who we are? And what is our role in creating change? Initially the work that sprang from this inquiry developed into symbols for reconstructing her own relationship to economic disparity, white fragility, and male privilege. Using a combination of recycled and discarded fabrics, Millett pieces together images of hope. Through this process of investigation, she discovered something we all have... the privilege to breathe.
JULY 31, 2019 – OCTOBER 13, 2019
Explore selected works from San Francisco School of Needlework & Design's Stitch-at-Home Challenge: Borders.
A border is a moat between a castle and its kingdom. A border runs along the hem of our jeans. A boundary, a selvage, a crease, an end and a beginning, a divider and a unifier: a border is all of these at once. Borders are both metaphorical and literal––some are fixed while others have fluidity and movement. Our internal boundaries serve to protect us from real or perceived dangers and help to delineate the furthest reaches of our moods and feelings. Externally, borders are both visual and physical structures that serve to define lands, politics, cultures and linguistic variations. They shift like the high tide line, results of geopolitical incidents, and within each of us as we learn, grow and develop. Sawtooth borders, hemstitched borders, open borders, white picket fences, brick walls, arched openings, drawnwork, or tiny dashed running stitch lines. Visible and invisible, comforting and discomforting, fixed and fluid….all around us.