past exhibitions

Textiles of the World: Cloth as the Language of Many Worlds

November 10, 2001 - January 15, 2002

Anchored in the idea of "cloth as the language of many worlds," the exhibition brought together traditional textiles from the Americas, Japan and India. Using textiles as their story boards, the makers relate narratives of family, of changes in daily life, of time and space, and, above all, of identity. Two contemporary fiber artists, Dorothy Caldwell of Ontario, Canada, and Vernal Bogren Swift of Minnesota, displayed their work in conjunction with the traditional textiles. Caldwell’s work focuses on the Canadian landscape and incorporates the North American quilting traditions, resist and discharge dyeing techniques. Bogren Swift works in batik.