Washington, DC Textile Field Trip: June 5 – 7, 2024; Still time to register!

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Washington, DC
June 5 – 7, 2024

Washington, DC, is the place to be in June for textile enthusiasts and makers, and we invite you to join Textile Center’s Director of Education Cristin McKnight Sethi for a 2.5-day field trip to explore textiles and fiber art in our nation’s capital. Cristin will take participants to her old stomping grounds at the GWU/Textile Museum to see some of her favorite textiles in the museum’s permanent collection and to view the current exhibition Irresistable: The Global Patterns of Ikat. Visit the National Gallery of Art to see the exhibition Woven Histories: Textiles and Modern Abstraction with scholar, exhibition catalogue contributor, and GWU Professor Bibiana Obler. Check out the exhibition Pattern and Paradox: The Quilts of Amish Women at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Finish up the field trip by joining the open house for a new exhibition at The Renwick Gallery, Subversive, Skilled, Sublime: Fiber Art by Women.

Cost per person: $300 non member; $270 member

Price includes:

  • Participation in private tours of Irresistable: The Global Patterns of Ikat and the Cotsen Traces Collection at the GWU/Textile Museum, led by members of the museum’s curatorial staff.
  • Transportation to the Avenir Center for a behind-the-scenes tour of the GWU/Textile Museum’s conservation lab and private viewing of select textiles from the museum’s permanent collection.
  • Guided tour of the National Gallery of Art exhibition Woven Histories: Textiles and Modern Abstraction with scholar Bibiana Obler.
  • Registration to attend open house for Subversive, Skilled, Sublime: Fiber Art by Women at The Renwick Gallery.
  • A $50 tax-deductible donation to support Textile Center.

Participants are responsible for arranging their own air travel to/from Washington, DC as well as their own local accommodations and meals.

ITINERARY

Wednesday, June 5, 2024:

10am: Meet at the GWU/Textile Museum (Foggy Bottom campus) for a curatorial walkthrough of the exhibition Irresistable: The Global Patterns of Ikat and a special tour of the Cotsen Traces Collection. There are several restaurants within walking distance for anyone who would like to get a bite to eat before we depart for the Avenir Center in Ashburn, VA.

1pm: Depart GWU/Textile Museum (Foggy Bottom campus) for the Avenir Center (Ashburn, VA campus) to tour the museum’s state-of-the-art conservation lab and view some of Cristin’s favorite textiles from the museum’s permanent collection.

Thursday, June 6, 2024:

10am: Meet at the National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC) for a guided tour of Woven Histories: Textiles and Modern Abstraction with scholar and exhibition catalogue contributor Professor Bibiana Obler.

2pm: Meet at the Smithsonian American Art Museum to see the exhibition Pattern and Paradox: The Quilts of Amish Women. This is a self-guided visit to the exhibition. Entry to the museum is free.

Friday, June 7, 2024:

11am: Meet at The Renwick Gallery (Washington, DC) for the open House of the exhibition Subversive, Skilled, Sublime: Fiber Art by Women. Entry is free for the museum, however registration is required to participate in the open house. Registration to the open house will be arranged by Textile Center for all participants; you will receive an email from The Renwick Gallery directly confirming your entry to the open house.

About the Facilitator 

This field trip is facilitated by Director of Education, Cristin McKnight Sethi (she/her). Cristin has a long and deep engagement with the study of textiles. She cultivated a comprehensive knowledge of the art and material culture of South and Southeast Asia through her graduate work at the University of Texas at Austin (MA, 2008) and the University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D., 2015) as well as while working at several museums around the United States. Cristin has taught graduate- and undergraduate-level courses in art history at several institutions including, most recently, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) and George Washington University (GWU) where she developed a wide range of courses related to textiles, craft, and global art histories. In addition to her role as Director of Education at Textile Center, Cristin serves as the Chair of the Selection Committee for the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico where she has the great pleasure of interacting with and learning from indigenous artists from around the world.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

Full refunds will be provided up to the May 20, 2024, which is the date we commit to the shuttle bus transportation to the Avenir Center. Cancellations after that date will be converted to a tax-deductible contribution to Textile Center.

(photos: Andrea Zittel, ‘White Felted Dress #3’ from A-Z Fiber Form Uniforms, 2002; Young adult’s robe, Uzbekistan, 1870s; Unidentified Maker, Crazy Star; ca. 1920, Arthur, Illinois, cotton and wool; Emma Amos, Winning, 1982; Cristin with students, examining textiles in the Avenir Center. Photo credit: Denny Henry, 2019)

$270.00$300.00

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CANCELLATION POLICY:

Full refunds will be provided up to the May 20, 2024, which is the date we commit to the shuttle bus transportation to the Avenir Center. Cancellations after that date will be converted to a tax-deductible contribution to Textile Center.

ITINERARY

Wednesday, June 5, 2024:

10am: Meet at the GWU/Textile Museum (Foggy Bottom campus) for a curatorial walkthrough of the exhibition Irresistable: The Global Patterns of Ikat and a special tour of the Cotsen Traces Collection. There are several restaurants within walking distance for anyone who would like to get a bite to eat before we depart for the Avenir Center in Ashburn, VA.

1pm: Depart GWU/Textile Museum (Foggy Bottom campus) for the Avenir Center (Ashburn, VA campus) to tour the museum’s state-of-the-art conservation lab and view some of Cristin’s favorite textiles from the museum’s permanent collection.

Thursday, June 6, 2024:

10am: Meet at the National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC) for a guided tour of Woven Histories: Textiles and Modern Abstraction with scholar and exhibition catalogue contributor Professor Bibiana Obler.

2pm: Meet at the Smithsonian American Art Museum to see the exhibition Pattern and Paradox: The Quilts of Amish Women. This is a self-guided visit to the exhibition. Entry to the museum is free.

Friday, June 7, 2024:

11am: Meet at The Renwick Gallery (Washington, DC) for the open House of the exhibition Subversive, Skilled, Sublime: Fiber Art by Women. Entry is free for the museum, however registration is required to participate in the open house. Registration to the open house will be arranged by Textile Center for all participants; you will receive an email from The Renwick Gallery directly confirming your entry to the open house.

We encourage travelers to be fully vaccinated and support masking.  

Pricing

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