Arts Exhibition: A Common Thread: Textiles from the Permanent Collection


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When: May 24 2015 (All day) until Sep 20 2015 (All day)
Where: East-West Center Gallery

In honor of the East-West Center Gallery’s 20th anniversary and the East-West Center’s 55th anniversary, this exhibition will feature a selection of textiles rarely seen by the general public, including new works recently donated and never before exhibited. The works will include: batik from Indonesia and Malaysia, embroidered clothes from China, kilim carpet weaving from Iran, Indian zardozi, Cambodian ikat, naturally-dyed Lao silk weaving, Samoan siapo, Bangladeshi kantha, Korean chokakpo, Japanese silk kimono and obi, Uzbeki suzani, Burmese shwe gyi do, Syrian silk, Filipino Bontoc weaving, and more.

Since its founding in 1960, the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawai‘i has been the recipient of hundreds of gifts of art, reflecting the richness and diversity of the Asia Pacific region. Heads of government and institutions, alumni chapters, artists-in-residence, professional colleagues, young scholars, and various supporters of the East-West Center continue to add extraordinary and unique works to the growing EWC collection.

The items exhibited are treasures because they represent the peoples who made them, wore them, and preserved them. They can be heirlooms to pass on for generations or fabrics that delineate status, ethnicity, gender, and community. Textiles and fiber arts have long been, and continue to be, highly prized throughout the Asia Pacific region.

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Special thanks to all the artists and donors who have contributed the pieces shown in this exhibition.

This exhibition is made possible by generous support from Richard H. Cox and Aston Hotels & Resorts.

EWC Arts Programs are supported by the Hawai‘i Pacific Rim Society, Friends of Hawai‘i Charities, Jackie Chan Foundation USA, Jean E. Rolles, EWC Arts ‘Ohana members, and other generous donors.

We would like to dedicate this exhibit to two of the founders of the East-West Center’s Arts Program: Jeanette “Benji”Bennington (1934-2014) and William Feltz.

Benji was the first curator of EWC Gallery and a pioneer in displaying contemporary Asian arts. Bill Feltz continues to be involved with the EWC as an adjunct arts specialist and has been with the Center for over 45 years. Both founders ensured that the EWC’s permanent collection includes many beautiful and unique textiles.

Related exhibition events in the EWC Gallery with free admission, unless otherwise noted:

Korean Chokakpo Tapestry, Lee Chung-Hie, artist, 1993

Sunday, May 24, 2:00–3:30 p.m.
Exhibition Gala Opening including reception and live demonstrations of spinning and weaving by the Hawaii Handweavers’ Hui.

Sunday, July 12, 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Illustrated talk: “Innovations through Hawaiian Design” by Marques Marzan, Hawaiian fiber artist and Bishop Museum Cultural Resources Specialist.

Sunday, August 2, 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Illustrated talk: “Identify Yourself: A Sneak Preview” by Sara Oka, Curator of Textiles, Honolulu Museum of Art. A visual discussion of the HMA’s upcoming exhibition on textiles that identify social status and gender.

Sunday, August 30, 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Illustrated talk: “Lessons from Water” by Mary Babcock, Associate Professor, UHM Dept. of Art & Art History. A discussion of Babcock’s work in fiber arts,mixed media, and performance art.

Sunday, September 13, 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Illustrated talk: “Threads of Hope” by Cheri Vasek, Assistant Professor, UHM Dept. of Theatre and Dance. This talk will focus on inventive transformations that have revitalized the production and marketing of traditional textiles in India.

Sunday, September 20, 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Illustrated talk: “Textile Tales South of China’s Southern Great Wall” by Li Lundin, Chinese art specialist and scholar. A discussion of textiles produced by three minority groups in southern China: Dong, Miao, and Tujia.

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