Yager Museum hosts ‘Kimono Textiles in Japan, 1925-1945’ Wednesday

March 15, 2011

Dr. Jacqueline Atkins, textile historian, curator, and author, will present a discussion of her work, which resulted in an exhibition at the Allentown Art Museum and a book titled Wearing Propaganda: Textiles on the Home Front in Japan, Britain, and the United States, 1931-1945. 

A reception will open the evening at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13 at The Yager Museum of Art & Culture, first floor, Yager Hall. The illustrated lecture will begin at 6 p.m. in the museum. The presentation is sponsored by The Yager Museum of Art & Culture and the Museum Studies Program at Hartwick College.

The lecture will include beautiful and startling examples of silk textiles with visual propaganda, including images of warplanes and patriotic symbols. Dr. Atkins' research is innovative, including perspectives on material culture, fashion, gender, and history.

Atkins, a textile historian, is consulting curator of textiles and former chief curator for the Allentown Art Museum in Allentown, PA. She has written and lectured extensively on 19th century American needlework and quilt history, American folk art, and Japanese textile history and quilts, and she has developed a number of textile-related exhibitions for the Allentown Art Museum and other institutions. Her publications include Quilting Transformed: A History of Contemporary Quilting in the United States (2007); Wearing Propaganda: Textiles on the Home Front in Japan, Britain, and the United States, 1931-1945, based on her exhibition of the same name; essays on needlework, quilts, and schoolgirl art for the Encyclopedia of American Folk Art; Shared Threads: Quilting Together Past and Present; Folk Art in American Life (co-authored with Robert Bishop); and numerous textile articles in American, British, and Japanese magazines and journals. Atkins has a Ph.D. from The Bard Graduate Center in the decorative arts, design, and culture.

The Yager Museum of Art & Culture at Hartwick College is open Tuesday through Saturday, 12 noon to 4:30 p.m. For more information, please call 607-431-4480 or visit the museum online.

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