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    Material Pulses: Seven Viewpoints

    This exhibition features quilts, mixed media, and installation work. Quilts of up to 101 inches high will be featured, for dramatic scale of an art form that is often relegated to its functional qualities. The artists investigate color, pattern, and size through traditional and experimental quilt-making applications.
    • Folk Art & Design Studio Craft
    • Low
    • 7 Weeks
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    Imprinting the West: Manifest Destiny, Real and Imagined

    Westward expansion was one of the most transformational elements in American life throughout the nineteenth century. Printed imagery played an important role in the dissemination of knowledge and understanding about the West and those who inhabited it. Featuring hand-colored engravings and lithographs, the exhibition explores these depictions and the influence artists had on the West’s perception.
    • Fine Art History & Culture
    • Low
    • 7 Weeks
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    Step Right Up! Behind the Scenes of the Circus Big Top, 1890–1965

    In collaboration with the Tegge Circus Archives, Step Right Up! takes viewers behind the scenes of the circus, exploring the dramatic pageantry, colorful past, and living presense of this grand American theatrical tradition. Full-color posters, costume regalia, historic photographs, and more are included.
    • History & Culture
    • Medium
    • 7 Weeks
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    Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad

    Photographer Jeanine Michna-Bales has spent more than a decade meticulously researching “fugitive” slaves and the ways they escaped to freedom. The path she documented encompasses roughly 2,000 miles and is based off of actual sites, cities, and places that freedom-seekers passed through during their journey.
    • Fine Art History & Culture
    • Medium
    • 7 Weeks
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    Traditional Arts of the Bedouin

    The exhibition includes fifty artworks and artifacts, from embroidered textiles and embellished metalwork to ceremonial coffee accouterments and incense burners; as well as several photographs depicting Bedouin craftspersons at work. The very essence of the Bedouin culture is understood through its impermanence–with constant movement across the sands of both time and space.
    • Fine Art Folk Art & Design History & Culture
    • Medium
    • 7 Weeks
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    Cloth as Community: Hmong Textiles in America

    The story of Hmong textile production told in this exhibition reflects the radical upheaval in the external environment that Hmong refugees experienced. It tracks the evolution of Hmong textiles from ceremonial works to those created for commerce.
    • Folk Art & Design History & Culture
    • Low
    • 7 Weeks
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    WAR-TOYS: Israel, West Bank, and Gaza Strip

    Brian McCarty’s photographic works interpret children’s drawings and offer a rare yet fascinating insight into the contemporary experiences of Palestinian and Israeli boys and girls.
    • Fine Art History & Culture
    • Medium
    • 7 Weeks
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    Vibrant Bounty: Chinese Folk Art from the Shaanxi Region

    This exhibition invites visitors on a journey through Shaanxi Province, one of the cradles of Chinese civilization. Both the art and the objects featured in this exhibition introduce us to a region of China, which, like the American Midwest, is dominated by agriculture and populated with working people.
    • Fine Art Folk Art & Design
    • Low
    • 7 Weeks
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    Beyond Words: Visual Narratives from the Block Book to the Graphic Novel

    We often think of the comic strip as a recent invention, but the history of sequential narrative begins with the history of art. The exhibition’s works allow us to consider the roles of image and narrative in our cultures and to examine storytelling techniques in different media.
    • Fine Art History & Culture
    • Medium
    • 7 Weeks
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    A Photo Album of Ireland

    A Photo Album of Photos emerges from an ongoing democratic archive that is a celebration of ordinary and extraordinary histories, viewed from the perspective of private individuals and families. Taken as a whole, this collection of 85 photographs creates a rich tapestry of images that tells of the triumphs and turmoils in the life of a nation.
    • Fine Art History & Culture
    • Low
    • 7 Weeks

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