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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.

As it prepares to reopen as part of the new George Washington University Museum,  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

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Using the Arts to Improve the Care of Older Adults

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 12:00pm

GW's Dr. Beverly Lunsford and Elizabeth Kitsos Kang 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.

Stephanie Odegard's Charlotte Batik design (detail). Photo by Stephanie Odegard.

Weaving Beauty, Social Responsibility, and Environmental Concerns

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 6:00pm

Stephanie Odegard is an internationally recognized leader in contemporary textile design.

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Three Textile Exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 11:00am

Join fellow textile enthusiasts for curator-led tours of three groundbreaking exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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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.

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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.

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"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

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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.

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"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.

Detail of wood bowl by Philip Moulthrop

Taking Shape: How Natural Materials Can Inspire Design

Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 6:00pm

For three generations, the Moulthrop family has set the standard for modern wood turning.

Detail of chandelier by Dan Dailey.

Visions Realized with Glass

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 6:00pm

Master glass artist Dan Dailey creates sculptures and functional art objects including vases, chandeliers, windows, and railings.

New Lecture Series

Voices of American Design

Join us for a dynamic series of lectures that explore contemporary design through textiles, wood, and glass.

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.