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Join us in September for
MAYA EXPLORATIONS at BARDO ARTS CENTER

featuring

The Language of Weaving: Contemporary Maya Textiles
TZAKBU: Queen of the Maya

Textiles pictured by Jalabil. Photo by WCU MFA student Sarah Rincon

Textiles pictured by Jalabil. Photo by WCU MFA student Sarah Rincon

THE LANGUAGE OF WEAVING: CONTEMPORARY MAYA TEXTILES

EXHIBITION: Sept.12 – Nov. 7

RECEPTION: Thursday, Sept. 29 from 5 – 7 p.m.

Textiles pictured by Jalabil. Photo by WCU MFA student Sarah Rincon

Textiles pictured by Jalabil. Photo by WCU MFA student Sarah Rincon

This Language of Weaving examines the rich narratives found in the designs and patterns of contemporary Maya textiles through the work of four distinct communities of Maya fiber artists in Mexico: three female-led artist cooperatives located in Chiapas state and works by the Bonilla family in Yucatan state. Elegantly translated for both Spanish-and English-speaking audiences, this exhibition explores intricately woven tales of these Maya communities while simultaneously challenging traditional Western definitions of literature.

The Language of Weaving is curated by Dr. Paul Worley, Assistant Professor of English at WCU, WCU students Sara Rincon and Alli Rios, and UNC-Chapel Hill student, Hannah Palmer. Spanish translations provided by Lori Oxford. This exhibition is made possible through support from the WCU Office of the Provost, WCU College of Fine & Performing Arts, WCU Department of English, and Asheville Sister Cities, Inc.


tzakbu1tzakbu2TZAKBU

Queen of the Maya

Friday, Sept. 30th at 7:30PM

Asheville Sister Cities Inc. and Palenque Rojo Productions are proud to present the theatrical performance of TZAKBU, featuring actors from Chiapas, Mexico.

Live music, dance, rituals, and magnificent costumes recreate priests, servants, warriors, and rulers in a fascinating performance full of colors, aromas, and ambiance. An experience not to be missed, TZAKBU will transport attendees to the ancient Maya Jungle, with a vibrant soundtrack from start to finish.


brandfordmembershipconcertphotoBRANFORD MARSALIS QUARTET with special guest KURT ELLING 

Sunday, Oct. 2nd at 3pm 

The Friends of the Arts are proud to present this afternoon of outstanding jazz. Branford Marsalis has received numerous awards, including three Grammys and (together with his father and brothers,) his citation as a Jazz Master by the National Endowment for the Arts. Grammy winner Kurt Elling is among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. Every one of Elling’s ten albums has been nominated for a Grammy.

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Thanks to Harris Regional Hospital and the Ascent Partnership, Harrah’s Casino, and Pepsi for their generous support! 


Artwork pictured right: De mi isla salvaje (From my wild island) 2016, Cristina Córdova

Artwork pictured right: De mi isla salvaje (From my wild island) 2016, Cristina Córdova

Coming Up Next!

Contemporary Clay: A Survey of Contemporary American Ceramics

Reception: Thursday, Oct. 6th from 5-7PM

Curated by Heather Mae Erickson, Assistant Professor of Art at WCU, Contemporary Clay examines the expanding and evolving use of clay through the work of more than twenty artists. The exhibition runs from October 6 – December 16, with a reception on October 6 from 5-7PM. In addition to the exhibition, a symposium on contemporary ceramics will be held October 6-7 in celebration of American Craft Week.

For more information, please click here. 

All museum exhibitions, symposiums, and receptions are free and open to the public. 


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