Lecture/Show and Tell: Weaving Identity: Textiles in Latin America

Andrea Gallelli Huezo, art historian and architect, GW's Art History Program

Photo of women modeling colorful Tehuana dressIn this lecture, Andrea Gallelli Huezo analyzes textiles as decipherable art objects and modes of exploring identity in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Latin America. In the Viceroyalties of New Spain and Peru, textiles and garments blended native traditions and imported ideas, while conveying notions of race, gender, and politics. By analyzing a variety of garments such as the rebozo, the mantón de manila, and the huipil, among others, Professor Gallelli Huezo places particular emphasis on the evolution of both native and European textiles and garments as a result of the Spanish conquest.

Rug and Textile Appreciation Mornings bring together textile experts and enthusiasts for a thematic show and tell of personal pieces. Free; no reservations required. The museum's Arthur D. Jenkins library will be open for special Saturday hours following this program, from 12:30–4 p.m.


Image: "Modeling Tehuana Dress," Oaxaca, Mexico, 2018. Photo courtesy of Thomas F. Aleto.