The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University will host a reception for its exhibit “The Language of Weaving: Contemporary Maya Textiles” on Thursday, Sept. 29, from 5 to 7 p.m. at WCU’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.
The exhibit runs through Friday, Nov. 11, and is part of “Maya Explorations at Bardo Arts Center,” which also will feature a theatrical performance of “Tzakbu, Queen of the Maya” from Palenque Rojo Productions and Asheville Sister Cities in the Bardo Arts Center performance hall Friday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m.
“Through a significant lexicon of designs and patterns, Maya weavers provide rich narratives through their textiles,” said Denise Drury Homewood, executive director for the Bardo Center. “This exhibit examines the work of four distinct communities of Maya fiber artists in Mexico, with three female-led artist cooperatives located in Chiapas state and works by the Bonilla family in Yucatan state.
“The exhibition elegantly translates for both Spanish- and English-speaking audiences the intricately woven tales of these Maya communities while simultaneously challenging traditional Western definitions of literature,” she said.
The exhibit is curated by Paul Worley, WCU assistant professor of English; WCU students Sara Rincon and Alli Rios; and UNC-Chapel Hill student Hannah Palmer. Spanish translations are provided by Lori Oxford, WCU associate professor of Spanish. The exhibit is made possible through support from the WCU Office of the Provost, WCU College of Fine and Performing Arts, WCU Department of English and Asheville Sister Cities.
The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, with extended hours on Thursdays to 7 p.m. Admission and parking are free. To learn more, go to fineartmuseum.wcu.edu or call 828-227-3591.
By Geoff Cantrell