September 14 - Meet New Curator Katie Knowles, Ph.D.

Katie Knowles and her dog

We welcome Curator Katie Knowles, Ph.D. to CSU and the Avenir Museum! Join us to meet her and to hear her talk about Expression of Self and Belonging: Enslaved People and Race-Based Fashion in the United States. Based on years of extensive research, Dr. Knowles will discuss how clothing and textiles reveal a colorful and diverse group of sources that complicate perceptions of slave clothing as monotone and uniform. In particular, she examines two aprons, a skirt, a handkerchief, and a dress - all of which survived into the twenty-first century and are now in museum collections across the U.S., and which speak volumes to us about the value placed in them as special documents of the lived experience of American slavery. Reception to follow.