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Dancers perform at the October 2011 members' reception for the museum's "Weaving Abstraction" exhibition.
Dancers perform at the members' October 2011 reception for the museum's "Weaving Abstraction" exhibition. Photo by Kevin Allen.

While the new museum facility is under construction at GW's Foggy Bottom's campus, The Textile Museum is continuing to offer programs at its historic S Street location and other venues. Keep reading for details on our upcoming offerings. 

Upcoming Programs & Events

Detail of woven Andean poncho

Threading a Tale: Language and Cloth in Andean Cultures

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 10:30am

In this illustrated talk, GW Professor Emerita Catherine Allen discusses her research on weaving and storytelling in highland Peru.

Photo of Guardian Building entrance hall

Detroit: City of the Future

Friday, September 26, 2014 - 10:00am to Monday, September 29, 2014 - 5:00pm

Join artist and former director of Cranbrook Academy of Art Gerhardt Knodel on a three-day adventure into the creative core of a living and thriving American city.

Photo of African child wearing American t-shirt

"T-Shirt Travels"

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 12:00pm

This film imagines stories about the origins of donated clothes now worn by villagers in Zambia.

Photo of eighteenth-century European embroidered velvet fragment

The Joy of Fragments

Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 10:30am

Collectors Tim Hays, Wendel Swan, and dealer Ali Aydin will present and discuss a variety of textile fragments, which are sometimes the only source of information on antique rugs and flat-weave textiles.

Curator Lee Talbot looks at a piece brought in for an Ask a Curator, Ask a Conservator session.

Ask a Curator, Ask a Conservator

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 12:00pm to 2:30pm

This ongoing program gives visitors the opportunity to learn more about their own textiles from museum curatorial and conservation staff.

Detail of Agnolo Bronzino's "A Young Woman and Her Little Boy" painting

Fashion and the Masters: Dress in Paintings at the National Gallery of Art

Friday, October 10, 2014 - 10:00am

Professor Tanya Wetenhall will highlight paintings in the collection of the National Gallery of Art that illustrate the history of fashion.

Detail of nineteenth-century fan

Women's Fashions of the Federal Era

Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 10:30am

Costume historian and collector Mary Doering will discuss and share pieces from her collection of clothing worn by fashion trendsetters in 18th- and 19th-century D.C.

Using the Arts to Improve the Care of Older Adults

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 12:00pm

Dr. Beverly Lunsford, director of the GW Center on Aging, Health & Humanities, together with her colleagues, will present some of the ways the arts are used in education programs for health-care students and practicing health-care professionals.

"Disability Takes on the Arts"

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 12:00pm

Professors David Mitchell, from GW’s English Department, and Sharon Snyder, from GW’s Women's Studies Program, will show and discuss their award-winning short film on disability, art, and culture.

Curator Lee Talbot looks at a piece brought in for an Ask a Curator, Ask a Conservator session.

Ask a Curator, Ask a Conservator

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 12:00pm to 2:30pm

This ongoing program gives visitors the opportunity to learn more about their own textiles from museum curatorial and conservation staff.

Photo of weavers in Kathmandu

Weaving Beauty, Social Responsibility, and Environmental Concerns

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 6:00pm

Fiber artist Stephanie Odegard will discuss contemporary textile design masters and the role of social responsibility in interior design.

Photo of librarian Lydia Fraser at the Arthur D. Jenkins Library

Arthur D. Jenkins: The Library and the Collector

Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 10:30am

Museum Librarian Lydia Fraser will lead a discussion on Arthur D. Jenkins, the benefactor of the 20,000-volume library that bears his name.

Of Canaanites and Kings: A Middle Bronze Age Palace in Israel

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 12:00pm

Professor Eric H. Cline will discuss the excavations and surveys from 2005–2013 at the site of a middle Bronze Age palace and its environs in Tel Kabri, Israel.

"Weaving Worlds"

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 12:00pm

Revealing untold stories about the creation and sale of Navajo rugs, "Weaving Worlds" presents a compelling and intimate portrait of economic and cultural survival through the art of weaving.

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Kazaks

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 10:30am

Collector Mike Tschebull will present some of the enticing early examples of iconic Transcaucasian weavings that evolved into commodities during the nineteenth century.

Curator Lee Talbot looks at a piece brought in for an Ask a Curator, Ask a Conservator session.

Ask a Curator, Ask a Conservator

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 12:00pm to 2:30pm

This ongoing program gives visitors the opportunity to learn more about their own textiles from museum curatorial and conservation staff.

The International Hajji Baba Society

Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 10:30am

The International Hajji Baba Society, based in Washington, D.C., is the pre-eminent mid-Atlantic association of rug and textile collectors.

Detail of "Muhammad Placing the Black Stone in Ka'ba" painting

Mongol Court Ritual Practice

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 12:00pm

Join Mika Natif, assistant professor of art history at GW and an authority on Islamic art, as she discusses a textile depicted in a thirteenth-century Mongol-Ilkhanid painting from an illustrated m

Photo of Swedish carriage cushion cover, circa 1810

Swedish Folk Weavings for Oriental Rug Lovers

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 10:30am

Using both textiles and images, Textile Museum Trustee and collector Wendel Swan will discuss several important types of rare Swedish folk weavings made between roughly 1700 and 1850.

Photo of African child wearing American t-shirt

"T-Shirt Travels"

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 12:00pm

This film imagines stories about the origins of donated clothes now worn by villagers in Zambia.

Recurring Programs

Rug & Textile Appreciation Mornings

All are welcome to expand their knowledge of the textile arts and meet fellow textile admirers at our ongoing Rug & Textile Appreciation Mornings, held Saturdays each month at 10:30 a.m.

Ask a Curator, Ask a Conservator

This ongoing program (October through May) gives visitors the opportunity to learn more about their own textiles from museum curatorial and conservation staff.

Lunchtime Lectures

These half-hour lectures, followed by informal discussion and light refreshments, connect George Washington University faculty, students, and the public in the spring and fall semesters.