PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- August 4, 2003 -- The University of Rhode Island Feinstein Providence Campus Gallery will present an exhibit of Mexican textiles and display a photography exhibit from Sept. 1 through Sept. 26. A Gallery Night reception will be held Sept. 18 from 5 to 9 p.m. The campus is located at 80 Washington St.
Mexican Textiles: Line and Color is a traveling collection of fabric with videotapes and photomurals. The curator Jill Vexler, a New York-based anthropologist, will give a gallery talk and slide presentation Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. and Sept. 19 at noon, sharing both the design aesthetics and cultural traditions represented in the collection. Vexler gathered the collection from an earlier exhibition she curated that traveled internationally.
Through both an art historians and anthropologists eye, Vexlers exhibit presents the aesthetics of tradition through the design, technical excellence and artistic expression of handcrafted fabrics along with the traditions behind the finest Mexican Indian weaving, embroidery and dying, and the functional construction and design of garments worn in daily life.
The exhibit includes 120 pieces. The oldest piece, a serape dating from the mid-19th century, coupled with others from the 1940s to the present illustrate how societies have incorporated both pre-Contact designs and styles with designs, colors, cut, fiber and technique brought by Europeans. The items include huipiles (blouse-like women&Mac226;s garments), serapes and rebozos (shawls for men and women), shoulder coverings, drawstring pants, wraparound skirts, sandals, sashes, hats and carry bags.
The textile exhibit is coupled with The Blacks in Mexico, a collection of photographs by Ron Wilkins of PoliticArt from California. These contemporary images present a less-known aspect of the African diaspora. Through this photographic documentary Wilkins, who is fluent in English, Spanish, French, and conversant in Hebrew and Portuguese, creates what he terms a photographic discourse. He will give a gallery talk on Sept. 26 at noon.
The exhibit and lectures are free and open to the public and to schoolchildren, but reservations for groups are requested.
For further information contact Steven Pennell, artist-in-residence, URI Feinstein Providence Campus, 277-5206.