Upcoming Exhibitions

Cloth as Community: Hmong Textiles in America

September 16 - December 16, 2017

Hmong flower cloth (or paj ntaub) is one of the world’s great textile traditions and an excellent example of cloth as community. Despite its deep roots in Hmong culture, this complex art was not widely known outside Asia until after the Vietnam War, when Hmong refugees arrived in the United States. The works illustrate the profound relevance of textiles as infrastructure in the Hmong culture, an art form that shifted as it adapted to fit new realities. The exhibition features 28 textiles—flower cloths and embroidered story clothes—by those in the Hmong community.

Organized and toured by ExhibitsUSA, a national part of Mid-America Arts Alliance, the exhibition was first curated in 1999 by Carl Magnuson, a cultural anthropologist, working with a Hmong refugee community. Curatorial updates have been done by Geraldine Craig, who has published more than a hundred essays on contemporary art and Hmong textiles, in venues such as the Hmong Studies Journal, The Journal of Modern Craft, Art in America, and Surface Design Journal.

Cloth as Community is a program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance and The National Endowment for the Arts.

Coded Couture

January 27 - April 28, 2018

The idea of customization has always been at the heart of couture. The gown made to fit you, perfectly; the handbeading, hand-stitching and other time-consuming processes involved in the creation of couture garments that reinforce the notion of the piece as a work of art with a specific connection to the owner. The digital age has introduced a new approach to personalized fashion, and in some cases, a new iteration of couture. This exhibition will feature designers whose approach to personalization is sympathetic to the allure of haute couture, but whose methodology is rooted in coding.

Coded Couture presents garments, video projections, objects, drawings, photographs, and interactive elements by 10 national and international designers. This traveling exhibition was curated by c2, a curatorial partnership between Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox, and organized by Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York.