Upcoming Events

"A Military Historian’s Take on Propaganda Textiles"
Gallery Talk by David Miller

Saturday, January 26, 2019
1:30 pm
Ruth Funk Center Galleries
Free Admission

Join us for a special tour of the Center’s opening exhibition Designed to Mobilize: Propaganda Textiles: 1920 – 1945. David Miller will discuss the military motifs featured in Japanese propaganda textiles and highlight the interesting parallels that developed between the U.S. and Japan leading up to World War II. Biplanes, artillery, and battleships depicted on clothing offer a unique glimpse into a controversial and transformative history.

Miller, a combat veteran of the Vietnam War, is a board member of the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center. He is also an author who has served on volunteer boards and committees throughout Brevard County including the Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization, Palm Bay's Recreation Advisory Board, and Florida Tech’s Protestant Campus Ministry.

Images: Textile Fragment, Japan, c. 1931-45. Printed wool. Collection of the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts, Florida Tech, Gift of Erik Jacobsen, 2014.13.57. Photograph courtesy of David Miller.



Friends of Textiles Lecture Series

“Bunnies, Bombs and Battleships: Decoding the Imagery and Aesthetics of Japanese Propaganda Textiles” by Rhiannon Paget, PhD, Curator of Asian Art, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Reception 5:15 p.m.; Lecture 6 p.m.
Digital Scholarship Lab, Evans Library (2nd Floor)
$10, FREE for Friends of Textiles (FOT) members and Florida Tech faculty, staff and students

Join us for an illustrated lecture on propaganda textiles by Dr. Rhiannon Paget, Curator of Asian Art at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art!  While the use of clothing to convey social and political messages is universal, Japanese propaganda textiles are remarkable for the high quality of their production, the suitability of the form of the kimono as a vehicle for visual communication, the direct, graphic nature of the designs, and because so many of them were made for children. Incorporating motifs and stylistic elements from popular culture, folk traditions, and high modernism, the objects in this exhibition demonstrate the sophisticated, and often unsettling, visual language of Japanese propaganda textiles and how values of the authoritarian state permeated everyday life during Imperial Japan.







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