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Special Activities! Last Chance to see "Quilts of Southwest China," May 1

Last Opportunity to See Exhibit Before it Starts on a National Tour!

"Quilts of Southwest China" is set to travel to the following museums, learn more about MSU Museum's Traveling Exhibit Services. 

International Quilt Study Center and Museum, University of Nebraska
Mathers Museum of World Cultures in Bloomington Indiana
Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico  

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES in conjunction with "Quilts of Southwest China" in the Main Gallery, May 1, 2016

2:00 p.m. SNEAK PREVIEW OF THE QUILTS OF SOUTHWEST CHINA PUBLICATION AND CURATOR GUIDED TOUR OF "QUILTS OF SOUTHWEST CHINA" 

Dr. Marsha MacDowell, Curator, Michigan State University Museum and Professor, Department of Art, Art History, and Design will lead an informal tour of the exhibition and talk about the forthcoming associated publication. Dr. MacDowell and Dr. Lijun Zhang, Curator of Folklife and Cultural Heritage at the Guangxi Nationalities Museum, were co-curators of the exhibition and co-editors of the publication. Image of Dr. Marsha MacDowell

 

3:00 p.m. TALK: ‚ÄúExploring the impact of heritage policies on newer eco-museums in Guangxi, China,‚ÄĚ Dr. Carrie Hertz, Curator of Textiles and Costume, Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe. Dr. Hertz is currently part of a group of U.S. and China museum-based professionals exploring aspects of China‚Äôs intangible cultural heritage practices and policies. This work grew out of a Henry Luce Foundation-funded US-China Intangible Cultural Heritage Initiative of the American Folklore Society and the Chinese Folklore Society.

4:00 p.m. VIDEO SHOWCASE AND REMARKS: Xiaoxing (Adele) Han, "Walking in Love" Project¬†A Chinese native and now a communications specialist for MSU‚Äôs Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research, Adele has inherited a treasure ‚Äď embroidered shoes made for her by her grandmother Xixiu Zhao. In a video entered into the Art Prize competition, Adele has documented this art as an expression of her grandmother‚Äôs love for her granddaughter. Now Adele is working on another documentary, this time recording other stories of individuals who make art as a way of expressing their love of family, friends, and others.

2:00 ‚Äď 4:00 p.m. FAMILY HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES

Take away projects that reflect designs, tools, and processes associated with making quilts in Southwest China. Coordinated by Kyla Cools, Cultural Heritage Collections and Programs Assistant. 

WALKING IN LOVE EXHIBITION: Nearly 20 pairs of handmade and embroidered shoes made by Chinese textile artist Xixiu Zhao are shown along with patterns, tools, and examples of shoes in various stages of production.

These exhibitions and programs are presented as part of a thematic year at Michigan State University, The China Experience: An MSU Exploration of Arts and Culture.

The exhibitions and related activities have been supported by grants from the Henry Luce Foundation and an MSU Inclusive Excellence Grant, with additional support from the Michigan Traditional Arts Exhibition Endowment and the MSU Office of Chinese Programs.