Highlights Tours

Free docent-led tours of the galleries are offered Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m.

Exhibition Programs

Photo of artist Alice Beasley discussing her work with a visitor

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

Beaded Prayers Project

Artist Talk: Beading Beyond Belief

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 5:30pm

In this talk, artist Sonya Clark shares her inspiration for the "Beaded Prayers Project."

Best Laid Plans: Designs for a Capital City

Artist Talk: The Indispensable Plan for Washington

Monday, July 15, 2019 - 12:00pm

In this gallery talk, artist Peter Waddell gives a behind-the-scenes perspective on his process.

Songs of the Civil War

Performance and Sing Along: Songs of the Civil War

Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 1:00pm

The Washington Revels Heritage Voices, an ensemble specializing in traditional American music, leads a sing along to "Songs of the Civil War," a collection of historical ballads.

Fast Fashion/Slow Art

Member Program: "Fast Fashion/Slow Art" Curator Tour

Friday, August 9, 2019 - 12:00pm

Be among the first to see the exhibition "Fast Fashion/Slow Art" on this tour with co-curators Bibiana Obler and Phyllis Rosenzweig.

Film: "The Machinists"

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 12:00pm

This documentary focus on the daily lives of three women garment workers and a union boss who want the fashion industry to stop making a profit at the expense of their workers.

Film: "Tears in the Fabric"

Thursday, August 22, 2019 - 12:00pm

After the Rana Plaza tragedy, documentary filmmakers Hannan Majid and Richard York of Rainbow Collective return to Bangladesh to make their second film on the plight of garment workers.

Film: "The Man in the White Suit"

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 5:00pm

Join us for a screening of this 1952 film about a chemist who creates the perfect white suit—which turns out to be very bad for business.

Student Presentations: Art, Sustainability, and Activism

Friday, September 13, 2019 - 12:00pm

Join us at the Corcoran as graduate students present their semester-long research projects on topics concerning the production and distribution of textiles and clothing.

Film Shorts: "Unravel" and "Occupation: Mill Worker"

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 12:00pm

"Unravel" follows the western world’s least-wanted clothes on a journey across northern India. Occupation: Mill Worker documents the events of February, 1992, when workers forcibly occupied the factories of Mumbai’s New Great Eastern Mill after a four-year lock-out.

Workshop: Motifs, Migrations, and Misappropriations

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Join artist and activist Frau Fiber (Carol Francis Long) in this hands-on workshop that reimagines a Syrian tunic from the Textile Museum collections using discarded t-shirts, remnants of our consumer culture.

Conference: Unveiling Fashion: Textiles and the New Circular Economy

Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

Join in a collaboration with the D.C. Sustainable Fashion Collective and GW’s Office of Sustainability to understand the relationship between the consumer and the fashion industry and learn about the environmental impact of the fashion industry.

Film: "Maquilapolis"

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 5:00pm

This documentary is a collaboration among filmmakers Sergio de la Torre and Vicky Funari, factory workers, and community organizations that depicts globalization through the eyes of the women who live on the frontlines.

Film: "RiverBlue"

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 5:00pm

This feature-length documentary chronicles paddler and conservationist Mark Angelo's journey to uncover and document the extensive pollution impacts of the global fashion industry.

Woven Interiors: Furnishing Early Medieval Egypt

Member Program: "Woven Interiors: Furnishing Early Medieval Egypt" Curator Tour

Friday, August 30, 2019 - 12:00pm

Discover the richly decorated world of early Medieval palaces, villas, and sacred spaces in the eastern Mediterranean on an exhibition tour with co-curators Sumru Belger Krody and Elizabeth Dospel Williams.

Member Program: "Woven Interiors: Furnishing Early Medieval Egypt' Curator Tour

Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 12:00pm

Discover the richly decorated world of early Medieval palaces, villas, and sacred spaces in the eastern Mediterranean on an exhibition tour with co-curators Sumru Belger Krody and Elizabeth Dospel Williams.

Gallery Talk: Textile Preparation for Woven Interiors

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 12:00pm

Associate Conservator Cathleen Zaret will share some of the methods, materials, and decision-making processes employed in preparing archaeological textiles for display in "Woven Interiors."

Celebration of Textiles: Comfort at Home

Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

The museum celebrates its 40th annual free community festival with a unique look at carpets, curtains, cushions, and other textiles for the home.