2008 Weave of the week #9: Kente cloth

Kente cloth strip

Kente cloth strip

This week’s featured weave is a piece of Kente cloth from Ghana. I chose it from my collection (detail below) because it relates to two separate exhibitions of African textiles opening in NYC this month.

Kente detail

Kente detail

“The Poetics of Cloth,” at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery, http://www.nyu.edu/greyart, opened recently and will be on view until Jan. 26, 2009. I haven’t seen the show yet but hope to do so soon.  It includes both traditional and contemporary African textiles.

And on Sept. 30 the Metropolitan Museum of Art will present “The Essential Art of African Textiles: Design Without End.”  I don’t think that there has been a major exhibition of African textiles in New York since the Museum of Modern Art’s gorgeous show in 1972, so having two open in the same month is reason to celebrate. www.metmuseum.org/special/se_event.asp?OccurrenceId={6EB15EDD-CFF8-4E7B-AA28-573CAB5230D5}

Speaking of museum openings, the former American Craft Museum has shed “American Craft” from its name and left its awful W. 53rd St. space, and will emerge on Sept. 27 as the Museum of Arts and Design, at the renovated “lollipop building”  on Columbus Circle. See www.madmuseum.org for their new mission statement and exhibition details.


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