Highlights Tours

Free docent-led tours of the galleries are offered Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. (textile tour) and 2:45 p.m. (Washingtoniana tour).

Exhibition Programs

Photo of artist Alice Beasley discussing her work with a visitor

Museum curators, researchers, and special guests explore themes from current exhibitions. 

Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse

Library Event: Sustainable Fashion Research Fair

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Student designers and faculty from Howard University Fashion Design Program will share the challenges and surprises they encountered as they produced upcycled wearables for their October 5 fashion show.

Workshop: Scraps Patchwork

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 11:30am

During her special visit from Tokyo, "Scraps" designer Reiko Sudo of Nuno shows you how to turn fabric remnants from her innovative design studio into an entirely new textile.

Lecture: Kibiso Silk - From Trash to Treasure

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 6:00pm

Join "Scraps" designer Reiko Sudo of Nuno to learn how she uses the outer surface of the silk cocoon, traditionally considered to be industrial waste, to create exciting new textiles.

Panel Discussion: 2%—The Poetics of Scrap

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 6:00pm

"Scraps" designer Christina Kim of Dosa and Timo Rissanen, assistant professor at the Parsons School of Design, discuss the challenges and rewards of designing sustainable clothing and housewares with two percent waste or less.

Shop Event: Innovation Nuno Trunk Show

Friday, November 17, 2017 - 11:00am to Sunday, November 19, 2017 - 5:00pm

Purchase a gift or your very own Nuno accessory as seen in the exhibition "Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse."

Workshop: Mending

Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 11:00am to 4:00pm

Clothing has never been cheaper, but the lost art of mending and altering garments is experiencing a revival. Bring along a project, and expert Renate Maile-Moskowitz will instruct you on how to mend clothes for yourself.

The Box Project: Uncommon Threads

Dance Performance: Box of Strings

Make your own box art in this special two-part workshop inspired by the exhibition "The Box Project: Uncommon Threads."

Film: "Craft in America: Origins"

This film delves into the origins of American craft and the way ancient traditions inform the methods used by contemporary artists.

Workshop Series: Thinking Outside the Box (Part 2)

Make your own box art in this special two-part workshop inspired by the exhibition "The Box Project: Uncommon Threads."

Weaving Light—Material Illusion in Wool

A pioneer of photorealistic tapestry in the 1960s, and the first to apply camera optics to hand weaving in the 1970s, Helena Hernmarck has since worked to capture the material qualities of sources