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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

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, January 6, 2015 - 12:00pm to 2:30pm

Visitors can learn more about their own textiles from museum curatorial and conservation staff.

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.

Knitting as Contemporary Art

Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 10:30am

Knitter, designer, curator, and scholar Jennifer Lindsay will discuss the history of knitting, crochet, and other single-element techniques and their re-emergence in contemporary art.

Photo of Swedish carriage cushion cover, circa 1810

Swedish Folk Weavings (1750–1850)

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 12:00pm

Textile Museum Trustee and collector Wendel Swan will discuss rare Swedish folk weavings that show the influence of Near Eastern textiles.

Photo of cicim and sumak examples from the collection of Turker Ozdogan

Textural Richness of Clay and Textiles

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 12:00pm

GW professor of ceramics Turker Ozdogan will discuss the textures that result from the production of fiber arts and ceramics.

Detail of Queen of Sheba artwork

The New American Wing and Special Embroidery Exhibition

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 11:00am

Join an exclusive tour at the Baltimore Museum of Art with curators Anita Jones and David Park Curry.

Photo of Walter Denny

The Oriental Carpet: Foreign Gifts and Foreign Affairs

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 6:00pm

Walter Denny, a leading expert in textiles of the Islamic world, will speak about his new book.

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, February 3, 2015 - 12:00pm to 2:30pm

Visitors can learn more about their own textiles from museum curatorial and conservation staff.

Hooked Rugs, Quilts, and Coverlets

Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 10:30am

Textile Museum Advisory Council member and longtime collector John Howe will introduce hooked rugs, quilts, and coverlets—all prominent textile forms in American culture.

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.

Color!

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 12:00pm

Textile Museum Trustee Wendel Swan will discuss traditional color theory, primarily within the context of Oriental rugs.

Detail of mathematical quilt

Eye on Elegance: Early Quilts of Maryland and Virginia

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 11:00am

Join a curator-led exhibition tour at the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum.

Photo of Holly Dugan

Perfume, Leather, and Luxury in Early Modern London

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 12:00pm

Holly Dugan, associate professor of English at GW, will discuss how ambergris revolutionized early modern leather industries and its luxury markets.

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, March 3, 2015 - 12:00pm to 2:30pm

Visitors can learn more about their own textiles from museum curatorial and conservation staff.

Fragment from a jacket made of tiraz fabric

Textiles as Political Tools

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 10:30am

Senior Curator Sumru Belger Krody will discuss the political significance of textiles throughout human history.

Photo of Digital D.C. website

Foggy Bottom’s Civil War Encampment

Monday, March 23, 2015 - 12:00pm

GW Department of History undergraduate Nicholas DiNella will discuss his class's "Digital D.C." research project.

Mirror of the Soul: Women's Dance of the Islamic World

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 12:00pm

Award-winning dance scholar, choreographer, costume designer, and performer Dr. Laurel Victoria Gray will discus the role of dance in community identity as well as self-expression.

Detail of tallismanic shirt

Magic of the Written Word

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 12:00pm

Research Associate Mattiebelle Gittinger will discuss a talismanic shirt from Burma and other Southeast Asian textiles on view at the museum.

Photo of Indigo dyers at Nike Centre for Art & Culture, Oshogbo, Nigeria

Blue Alchemy: Stories of Indigo

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 4:30pm

Filmed in India, Japan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Mexico, El Salvador, and the United States, this documentary weaves together visually stunning stories of indigo.

Photo of indigo dyers at Nike Centre for Art & Culture, Oshogbo, Nigeria

Blue Alchemy: Stories of Indigo

Friday, March 27, 2015 - 4:30pm

Filmed in India, Japan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Mexico, El Salvador, and the United States, this documentary weaves together visually stunning stories of indigo.

Detail of Chinese throne cushion cover

Curator's Talk and Tour for Museum Members

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 9:30am

Curators Sumru Belger Krody and Lee Talbot will discuss major themes and works on view in Unraveling Identity: Our Textiles, Our Stories

Detail of throne cushion cover

Curators' Talk and Tour

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 11:00am

Curators Sumru Belger Krody and Lee Talbot will discuss major themes and works on view in Unraveling Identity: Our Textiles, Our Stories.  

Photo of visitors making cherry-blossom necklaces from recycled bottle caps

Up-cycled Cherry Blossom Pendants

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Design and decorate your own cherry blossom necklace from a recycled bottle cap in honor of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

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.