Exhibits and Lectures

2018 Exhibits

Thursday Evening Lecture Series

The Fall 2018 lectures highlight the wide range of the Avenir Museum’s current exhibitions. Join us for this intriguing array of textile topics! Come early and visit our galleries before the lecture. Click HERE to download flyer.

Time: 7 p.m.,
Location: Avenir Museum, Classroom 157, 216 East Lake Street, UCA-East building - Campus Map
Cost: FREE and open to the public

  • October 11, 2018: "Draping and Dior"
    Kevin Kissell, M.F.A. is a faculty member in CSU's Department of Design and Merchandising, teaching Textile Design, Fashion Illustration, Draping, and the Aesthetics of Apparel. In Spring 2018, his draping students created apparel inspired by the design legacy of Christian Dior's 'New Look' of 1947. To complement our current exhibit Dior's 'New Look' in the Everyday American Closet, Mr. Kissell and one of the draping students join us to talk about the importance of Dior's heritage for today's apparel design majors, and to demonstrate the art and science of draping. A great opportunity to appreciate why Christian Dior's 'New Look' was such a fashion design game-changer in 1947, and how it continues to influence fashion today.
  • November 8, 2018: “Hmong Culture, Cloth, and Community”
    Geraldine Craig, M.F.A. is Professor of Art at Kansas State University, with primary research interests in contemporary art/craft and Hmong textiles. She served as Curator of the traveling exhibition Cloth as Community: Hmong Textiles in America on view at the Avenir Museum in Fall 2018, and recently contributed the chapter “Stitching Hmongness into Cloth: Pliable Identity and Cultural Agency” for the book Claiming Place: On the Agency of Hmong Women, published by University of Minnesota Press in 2016. Ms. Craig will present a program on Hmong textiles and dress, incorporating her appreciation of the intersection and relationships between textile history and politics, curatorial work, and studio practice.