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Exhibitions Calendar

Mid-Atlantic Region (Region II)

Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania,
Washington D.C.

The Region II Exhibitions Calendar lists exhibitions of costume, lectures and workshops. Please note dates of exhibitions may change. If no beginning date is given, the exhibition is already open.

CSA-sponsored programs in the Mid-Atlantic Region: Mid-Atlantic Region "Events, Workshops and Symposia" page.

American Folk Art Museum
45 W. 53rd Street, New York, NY

9/11 National Tribute Quilt
On continuous view

The 9/11 National Tribute Quilt represents the response of the Steel Quilters of United States Steel Corporation to the events of September 11, 2001. This small quilt club conceived the monumental undertaking, ultimately receiving quilt blocks from all fifty states as well as Canada, Spain, Denmark, and Australia.

Brooklyn Museum of Art
200 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn, NY, 11238-6099

"Workt by Hand": Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts
March 15–September 15, 2013

Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, 4th Floor "Workt by Hand": Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts showcases approximately thirty-five American and European quilt masterpieces from the Brooklyn Museum’s renowned decorative arts collection. The exhibition examines the impact of feminist scholarship on the ways historical quilts have been and are currently viewed, contextualized, and interpreted. Spanning two centuries of quilt making, the exhibition features superlative examples of the most iconic quilt designs and techniques, including the "Barn Raising" or "Log Cabin" style, the "Garden Basket" style, "Double Wedding Band" designs, the "Rose of Sharon" pattern, and the Amish "Sunshine and Shadow" style, as well as a variety of album quilts.

For more information: http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/quilts/

Daughters of the American Revolution Museum
1776 D Street NW, Washington, DC 20006

Fashioning the New Woman
October 5, 2012 – August 31, 2013

This exhibition looks at fashions of the turn of the 20th century (1890-1920), from the last years of the bustle to the flapper era. The revolution that took place in women’s styles at this time reflected enormous changes in women’s lives. American women were taking on many new roles and activities, and fashion had to follow. The New Woman was a new stereotype named about 1890, representing growing numbers of women engaging in athletic sports, seeking higher education and even careers, taking white-collar office jobs, and pursing other activities outside the “domestic sphere” where society told them they belonged. Active lives required more practical clothes than the many-layered, heavily draped outfits of the late Victorian lady. College life, the office worker or “business girl,” Red Cross workers of World War One, and the suffrage movement will all be examined in the exhibit. Sports clothing, including a sidesaddle riding habit and later jodhpur outfit, automobile duster with goggles, swimsuits, golf and tennis outfits, and a divided skirt for bicycling, will also be displayed.

The Fenimore Art Museum
5798 New York 80, Cooperstown, NY, 13326

Splendidly Dressed: American Indian Robes and Regalia
March 30 - December 29, 2013

The dress of Native American people was, and remains, exceedingly varied in its expression and design. Splendidly Dressed: American Indian Robes and Regalia combines masterful examples of dress, footwear, headgear, jewelry and accessories from the Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art.

For more information: http://www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/node/2560

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, New York, NY, 10028-0198, USA

PUNK: Chaos to Couture
May 9 – August 14, 2013

The Met's spring 2013 Costume Institute exhibition, PUNK: Chaos to Couture, will examine punk's impact on high fashion from the movement's birth in the early 1970s through its continuing influence today. Featuring approximately one hundred designs for men and women, the exhibition will include original punk garments and recent, directional fashion to illustrate how haute couture and ready-to-wear borrow punk's visual symbols.  

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Montgomery County Historical Society
111 W. Montgomery Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850

Year of the Hat


This is the Way We Wash Our Clothes
Beall-Dawson House
June 5, 2013 - January 12, 2014

A look at changes in the way laundry has been done, from the 18th century to the present, and the role this chore has played in the household.
Laundry is a necessary task today, of course, but it used to take up much more time, effort and space; it was a dreaded chore, one which many women were able to avoid but others were forced to embrace as employment.  Technology, from charcoal irons to indoor plumbing, and marketing strategies changed the way laundry was performed and perceived during the 20th century. Today, Americans are once again thinking about our laundry as we look for ways to reduce energy consumption in the home.  Using artifacts, documents, and images, this exhibit will use a local lens to examine national shifts in technology, businesses, and household roles.

Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY, 10029

Stephen Burrows: When Fashion Danced
March 22 through July 28, 2013

Stephen Burrows: When Fashion Danced is the first major examination of the work of the designer The New York Times called in 1977 the “brightest star of American fashion.” It looks at the period spanning the 1970s when Stephen Burrows’s meteoric rise to fame made him not only the first African-American designer to gain international stature, but a celebrated fashion innovator whose work helped define the look of a generation. With vibrant colors, metallic fabrics, and slinky silhouettes that clung to the body, Burrows’s danceable designs generated a vibrant look that was of a piece with the glamorous, liberated nightlife of the era. Through photographs, drawings, and original garments, the exhibition will trace Burrows’s evolution from creating eclectic looks for his friends in the 1960s to his work with the chic 57th Street retailer Henri Bendel to the floor of Studio 54, as he dressed such 70s style icons as Cher, Liza Minnelli, and Diana Ross.

For more information: http://www.mcny.org/exhibitions/current/Stephen-Burrows-Fashion-Danced.html

The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology
27th at 7th Avenue NYC, New York, NY

Fashion & Textile History Gallery
May 22 – November 16, 2013

Even a cursory examination of contemporary design reveals a strong tendency to borrow from the past. Yet, the reinterpretation of historical silhouettes or details is far from a modern phenomenon. Women of the early 1910s wore gowns that drew on popular fashions a century earlier, for example, and women in the midst of a Victoriana craze in the 1930s found that dresses with gigot sleeves, crinolines, and bustles were once again fashionable. RetroSpective examines fashion’s fascination with its own history by presenting an overview of historical references in fashion, paying particular attention to recurrence of silhouette.

For more information: http://www.fitnyc.edu/14479.asp

National Gallery of Art
401 Constitution Ave NW Washington, DC 20565

Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909–1929: When Art Danced with Music
May 12 – September 02, 2013

The Ballets Russes—the most innovative dance company of the 20th century—propelled the performing arts to new heights through groundbreaking collaborations between artists, composers, choreographers, dancers, and fashion designers. Founded by Russian impresario Serge Diaghilev (1872–1929) in Paris in 1909, the company combined Russian and Western traditions with a healthy dose of modernism, thrilling and shocking audiences with its powerful fusion of choreography, music, and design. Showcasing more than 130 original costumes, set designs, paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings, photographs, and posters, Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes also incorporates film clips in a theatrical multimedia installation.

For more information: http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/exhibitions/2013/diaghilev.html

National Museum of American History
Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

First Ladies at the Smithsonian,

Showcasing premier objects from the nearly century-old First Ladies Collection, this exhibition is divided into three main sections: the evolution of the First Ladies Collection, the tradition of the inaugural gown, and a first lady's contribution to the presidency and American society. On display are 14 dresses including those worn by Laura Bush, Grace Coolidge, Jackie Kennedy, and Eleanor Roosevelt, and Helen Taft. The exhibition also features portraits, White House china, personal possessions and related objects from the Smithsonian's unique collection of first ladies' materials.

Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130

All Dressed Up: Fashions for Children and Their Families
December 21, 2012 - December 1, 2013

All Dressed Up: Fashions for Children and Their Families focuses on clothing from the late eighteenth through mid-twentieth centuries, comparing and contrasting adults' apparel with children’s smaller styles. Garments and accessories from the Museum’s collection explore how evolving concepts of childhood have shaped what was considered appropriate in the past, and the relationship of young styles to those of adults; why girls and small boys both wore skirts; the reason for extreme fashions like hoopskirts; who wore fancy clothes; and how children were expected to behave where these clothes.

For more information: http://www.philamuseum.org/exhibitions/786.html

Costume and Textiles Galleries

The Museum's galleries of Costume and Textiles draw from one of the oldest and largest collections in the country.

Further Information

Riversdale House Museum
4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale, Maryland, 20737, USA
Contact: 301-864-0420; TTY 301-699-2544

Shippensburg University Fashion Archives
1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257

Scaasi Virtual Exhibition

The show will feature the work of legendary American fashion designer Arnold Scaasi. Please note that this will be a virtual exhibit available for viewing on the website only.

Further Information

The Textile Museum
2320 S Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20008-4088

Out of Southeast Asia: Art That Sustains
April 12 through October 13, 2013

Southeast Asian textiles first served as markers of ethnic identity, distinguishing neighboring communities by pattern, color, and technique. Now commercial production challenges these practices, yet the artistic wealth of these several hundred groups continues to inspire artists from around the world. Out of Southeast Asia: Art That Sustains explores the intersection of these rich traditions and their interpretation within contemporary art and design.

For more information: http://textilemuseum.org/exhibitions/OutofSoutheastAsia.html

The Textile Museum Annual Fall Symposium
From Village and Court to Global Commodity: Southeast Asian Textiles
October 11–12, 2013

For more information: http://www.textilemuseum.org/symposium/index.html

University of Delaware

The Ukrainian Museum
203 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10003, USA

Out of Tradition: Contemporary Decorative and Applied Art
28 April – 29 September, 2013

Organized by The Ukrainian Museum, the exhibition Out of Tradition: Contemporary Decorative and Applied Art features the work of 35 contemporary decorative artists of Ukrainian background from Ukraine, the United States, and Canada. The aim of the exhibition is to showcase works from the innovative realm of contemporary art and design that are rooted in the tradition and aesthetic of Ukrainian folk art. Ceramics, jewelry, textiles, high-fashion clothing and accessories, and decorative items crafted from wood, glass, and silver are among the more than 150 objects in this major exhibition. Out of Tradition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with an introduction by Jaroslaw Leshko, Professor Emeritus of Art, Smith College, and an essay written by Tamila Pecheniuk and Halyna Kusko, art historians and docents in the Art Textiles Department at the Lviv National Academy of Art.

For more information: http://www.ukrainianmuseum.org/ex_130428outoftradition.html


Ancient Rituals, Modern Interpretations

The ancient rituals associated with traditional Ukrainian weddings, and their unique interpretation in today's "traditional" weddings, are presented in this expansive exhibition at The Ukrainian Museum in New York, which opened on December 5, 2010.


CSA Mid-Atlantic Region member co-author

Accessories to Modernity: Fashion and the Feminine in Nineteenth-Century France


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