"Flowers, Dragons, & Pine Trees"

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  • Ongoing: until Sunday, May 28, 2006
  • Sunday: 12:00pm
  • Tuesday: 10:00am
  • Wednesday: 10:00am
  • Thursday: 10:00am
  • Friday: 10:00am
  • Saturday: 10:00am
  • Where: Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence
  • Cost: Free
  • Age limit: All ages

Stacked in boxes and accessible only by ladder, the Asian textile collection at the Spencer Museum was virtually hidden from public view for almost eighty years. Flowers, Dragons, & Pine Trees, an exhibition opening Jan. 28 in the Kress Gallery, is the result of fifteen years of quiet work behind the scenes to research, clean, conserve, re-house, photograph, publish and exhibit this little known section of the museum's collections.The Spencer's Asian textile collection represents great geographical breadth as well as diversity of function, technique, and patronage. The approximately 300 objects include court, merchant, military, theatrical, and folk costume, temple and household furnishings, and numerous discrete pieces of complex weaving, embroidery, and dyeing. The textiles range in date from the fifteenth to the late twentieth century. The largest number come from China, followed by Japan, the Indian subcontinent, Iran, Indonesia, Central and West Asia, and Korea. GALLERY TALKS in the Kress GalleryFebruary 18 / Mary Dusenbury, guest curator / 12:30 PMFebruary 23 / Mary Dusenbury, guest curator / 12:15 PMSPECIAL PROGRAMSFebruary 18 / Educator workshop on Furoshiki / 10:30 AM / Pre-registration required / Contact Randi Hacker rhacker@ku.edu 785.864.3832 / Co-sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies March 3 / Town & Gown Forum: "Cloth, Culture, and Cosmos" / 9 AM - 12 PM / SMA Kress Gallery / Co-sponsored by the Hall Center for the Humanities April 12, 19, & 26 / KU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: "Cloth and Culture" / 3-5 PM / $ /Mary Dusenbury instructor / Class sponsored by KU Continuing Education / Enrollment required / Contact University of Kansas Continuing Education, 785.864.KUCE(5823) www.kuce.org or kuce@ku.edu.April 21 / "Bring in Your Textiles" / 12 PM / SMA Central Court / Rug and textiles appreciation afternoon with Carol Bier and Mary Dusenbury / Visitors are encouraged to bring in their rugs or textiles and meet with experts in the field.

This event was posted Jan. 18, 2006 and last updated Sept. 16, 2014

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