Quilts of Southwest China

Quilts of Southwest China


July 9, 2017 - January 21, 2018

Chinese quilts have received little attention from scholars, collectors, or museums.  The examples featured here offer an introduction based on new research by a bi-national consortium of American and Chinese museums, including participation by the Museum of International Folk Art.  Embodying layers of history, identity, and expertise, these quilts reveal new insights into the contemporary lives of minority communities adapting to a period of great change in China.

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Crafting Memory: Contemporary Life and Folk Art in the Andes

Crafting Memory: Contemporary Life and Folk Art in the Andes


December 3, 2017 - March 8, 2019

This exhibition explores the new directions taken by current Peruvian folk artists during the recent decades of social and political upheaval and economic change. The exhibition will highlight the biographies and social histories of contemporary artists along with examples of work that: preserve family tradition; reimagine older artforms; reclaim pre-Columbian techniques and styles; and forge new directions for arte popular in the 21st century.

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Traditional Dress in Contemporary Scandinavia

Traditional Dress in Contemporary Scandinavia


January 10, 2021 - September 26, 2021

Folk Dress. National Costume. Bunad. Gákti. What are these and who has the right to wear them? Traditional Dress in Contemporary Scandinavia examines current efforts to revive, preserve, or innovate styles of dress emblematic of particular historical, regional, religious, or ethnic identities.

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