Gallery Talk: Mali Tent Weavings

Bryna Freyer, former curator, Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art

Join Bryna Freyer, former curator at Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art, for a gallery talk on Mali tent weavings. An image does not convey the size, texture, or detail of the Malian arkilla," which is often seen as just abstract artwork or as analogous to a Western tapestry. Freyer offers a close study of an example from The Textile Museum collections to help participants appreciate the patterns, colors, and materials. She also gives context on the roles of women, trade patterns, and even climate change.

This program is part of the museum's weekly Textiles at Twelve series, which explores textile arts and global cultures through films, lectures, gallery talks, and more. Free; no reservations required.