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Sunday, June 24, 2018


Exhibition Public - USA & Canada
Asia Week New York

Fabricating Power with Balinese Textiles

Bard Graduate Center Gallery
18 West 86th Street,
New York, USA
Feb 23, 2018 To Jul 08, 2018


Detail: Western scholars and artists converged on the tropical island of Bali, Indonesia, in the first half of the 20th century attracted by its unique culture and vibrant artistic practices. This exhibition considers the making and use of textiles as ceremonial objects that operate within a unique Balinese Hindu cosmology while exploring the role of textiles as symbols of cultural resilience and continuity. On view will be exquisite and rare pieces assembled from collections in the United States, including examples from the American Museum of Natural History that were collected by anthropologists Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson during their fieldwork in Bali. Deriving their aesthetic and ritual powers from techniques of fabrication and use in various lifecycle ceremonies, these textiles also serve as records of an important period in Balinese history. Drawing on information from the 1930s and recent research, the exhibition presents an overview of Balinese textiles and encourages visitors to consider the value of these objects as they are made and used today.

Phone No.: 212.501.3023
Contact Email: [email protected]
Site URL: https://www.bgc.bard.edu/gallery/exhibitions/82/fabricating-power-with-balinese-textiles


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