Upcoming Events

Friends of Textiles Lecture Series

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“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 6:00 p.m.
Digital Scholarship Lab, Evans Library (2nd Floor)

Cost: $10 | FREE for Friends of Textiles (FOT) members and Florida Tech faculty, staff and students

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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.

“Persecution and Perseverance: Japanese American Experiences During WWII”
by Carla Stansifer, Curator of Japanese Art, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Reception 5:15 p.m. | Lecture 6 p.m.
Digital Scholarship Lab, Evans Library (2nd Floor)

Cost: $10 | FREE for Friends of Textiles (FOT) members and Florida Tech faculty, staff and students

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Join us for an illustrated lecture exploring the historic experiences of Japanese American citizens. This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition Design to Mobilize: Propaganda Kimono 1920 – 1945.

Carla Stansifer is the Curator of Japanese Art at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida. Prior to working at the Morikami, Ms. Stansifer taught Japanese language and cultural at several universities in Colorado, in addition to working as a Curatorial Assistant in the Asian Art and Textile Art departments at the Denver Art Museum. She earned an M.A. in Classical Japanese Literature at the University of Colorado at Boulder and a B.A. in Japanese Language and Linguistics at The Ohio State University. She was also awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study lacquer arts in South Korea. Her special areas of study include East Asian lacquer, as well as Japanese painting and textiles.

 

Special Events

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens Bus Trip

March 21, 2019
Bus departs Florida Tech at 7:30 a.m.
(Estimated return 3:30 p.m.)
Babcock St. Parking Lot

Cost: $50 general public | $45 FOT members

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Join the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts for a tour of the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens! Visitors will enjoy a guided tour of the traveling exhibition “Hard Bodies: Contemporary Japanese Lacquer Sculpture” (in its final weeks!) followed by a tour of the museum’s Seishin-an Tea House and a brief introduction to the museum’s Japanese gardens. The tours will be followed by lunch in the scenic Cornell Café. (Lunch is not included in the event price).

Taiko Drum Performance by Ronin Taiko

April 26, 2019
7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Gleason Performing Arts Center

Cost: $15; $10 for FOT members | FREE for Florida Tech faculty, staff and students

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Ronin Taiko – a theatrical Japanese drumming troupe – presents an engaging half-hour performance on the campus of Florida Tech! In Japan, the Taiko or Japanese traditional drum, carries a special significance. Used in religious ceremonies, wartime and in celebrations, the taiko’s powerful sound can also reach people at a personal level - often compared to a reflection of one’s own heartbeat. Ronin Taiko continues to bring Japanese Taiko performances to wider audiences.

 

Workshops

Kids’ Origami Playshop
For ages 9–14

April 6, 2019
10:00 am-12:30 pm
Ruth Funk Center Galleries & Mezzanine

Cost: $5
Please register online by Monday, March 25.

Workshop is FULL!

Waitlist registration

Join instructor Reiko Nishioka for a special playshop that’s just for kids!

After a guided tour of the galleries, bring your inspiration to the workshop where you learn about the folding culture of Japan. Demonstrations of folding and storing a kimono, methods of wrapping with a furoshiki cloth, and folding origami will be presented. Participants will then make their own origami objects! You will learn the basics of origami and take home an instruction sheet so that you can stay creative at home.

Reiko Nishioka is a native of Japan and recently retired museum educator from the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida. She served as its Director of Education for 20 years. She continues to research and teach about Japanese culture.

If you have any questions, please contact Donna Sewell at textiles@fit.edu.


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