Maya Textiles and Identity in Guatemala exhibit

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Date(s) - 10/01/2018
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Schweinfurth Art Center


The Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, NY, is hosting a fabric arts exhibit, Maya Textiles and Identity in Guatemala, Sept. 1 through Oct. 14, 2018. The exhibition will contain more than one hundred hand woven garments and other textiles, and is curated by Carol Ann Lorenz, of Colgate University.

The exhibition will highlight the textiles of different Guatemalan pueblos and how they illustrate indigenous identity on various cultural and social levels.

Sections of the exhibition will have specific themes. For example, one gallery includes three generations of the same family, showing how designs created by a master weaver are passed down to her descendants as cultural property. Other galleries will explore regional preferences in color and design; continuity and change over time in specific pueblos; and a single textile type – the su’t or tzute – which is a utility cloth with various everyday or ceremonial purposes depending on size and degree of elaboration.

The main hall of the museum will display a traditional Maya backstrap loom, as well as an array of huipiles, women’s hand woven blouses, that demonstrate the variety of shapes, colors, and patterns that have been created among the various Maya pueblos. The textiles in this exhibition date from the late 19th century to the early 21st century.

The cost to tour the exhibit is $7 per person, with Schweinfurth members and children 12 and under free. The art center is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.

The opening reception will be 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 7, and Lorenz will give a guided tour of the exhibit at 2 p.m. Oct. 13. Also on Oct. 13, Guatemalan native Marines Perez Santos will demonstrate Maya backstrap weaving at 1 and 3 p.m. The reception, tour, and demonstrations are free an open to the public.