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Material Tradition: Textiles from the Collection

March 14 - December 23, 2020

South One Gallery


Native American, Crow Tribe, beaded moccasins
Kuna people - mola panel


The exhibition Material Traditions displays objects from the collection to trace the common thread from traditional textiles to the conceptual work of contemporary artists found in the exhibition Material Slip. All featured objects are a part of the global material tradition, rooted in prehistoric times. Each object contains a story, communicated through symbols, styles, materials, and use. These elements vary across cultures, but the necessity of cloth is woven into the fabric of daily life across the globe. In this exhibition, view 22 textile artworks from across cultures that call the viewer to perceive textiles differently and consider the Western gendered expectations of “women’s work.”

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Funded in part by the Lucile Wright Endowment and the Wyoming Arts Council through the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wyoming State Legislature.

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Native American, Crow Tribe, beaded moccasins, undated, leather and beads, 9.75 x 3.5 inches, gift of the Lucile Wright Estate, 1991.9.11

Kuna people – Panama, mola panel, 20th century, cotton and polyester, 15.75 x 18 inches, gift of Anne C. Mears, 2013.21.6


Video walk-through of the Material Tradition: Textiles from the Collection exhibition.


Material Tradition Digital Gallery Environment

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