Exhibition Programs

Photo of artist Alice Beasley discussing her work with a visitor

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

Fast Fashion/Slow Art

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.

Curator Tour: "Fast Fashion/Slow Art"

Friday, August 23, 2019 - 12:00pm

Tour the exhibition "Fast Fashion/Slow Art" with co-curators Bibiana Obler and Phyllis Rosenzweig.

Film: "The Man in the White Suit"

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 5:00pm

Join us for a screening of this 1951 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.

Curator Tour: "Fast Fashion/Slow Art"

Friday, September 20, 2019 - 12:00pm

Tour the exhibition "Fast Fashion/Slow Art" with co-curators Bibiana Obler and Phyllis Rosenzweig.

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, Design, 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.

Songs of the Civil War

POSTPONED: Performance and Sing Along: Songs of the Civil War

Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 2:00pm

This program has been postponed to Saturday, October 5, 2019, at 2 p.m.