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Costume, textile museum contributes to Museum of Wonder exhibition at Beach

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The deco-inspired black and white wool coat on display at the Beach Museum is from the Historic Costume & Textile Museum collection.

The special exhibition at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art showcases university artifacts gathered to celebrate Kansas State University's 150-year land-grant heritage.

Fifteen of those artifacts are from the College of Human Ecology’s Historic Costume and Textile Museum, said Marla Day, senior curator in apparel textiles and interior design.

Others in "The Museum of Wonder: A Great Land-Grant University Collects” are from the geology, aviation, physics and architecture departments, the College of Agriculture and more. Entomological specimens, furniture and plaster casts of classical and renaissance masterpieces are included, along with works of art from the museum's own collections.

"This project deliberately combines items from very diverse fields of study in order to allow visitors to make their own associations among items that typically might not be considered related to one another," said Linda Duke, museum director. "We hope that looking at and wondering about the objects in this installation will encourage people to think creatively, and will promote conversation among the exhibition's viewers."

Items on exhibit from the costume and textile museum and their donors are:

• India blue silk sari (Lois Gilmore),

• India yellow/green cotton sari (Martha Williams),

• India wedding sari (Warren and Nancy Prawl),

• India printing block (Warren and Nancy Prawl),

• Indigo batik wall hanging (Pearl Koch),

• Spinning wheel (Miriam Picking),

• Ladies Monthly Museum or Polite Repository of Amusement and Instruction book (Dorothy Stout),

• Men's hat with box, Burma (Thurston Wheeler),

• Women's designer hat by Schiaparelli (unknown),

• Women's feather hat handmade by a seamstress (Della Guhl),

• Navajo rug (Sherry and Michael Maxwell),

• Persian figured silk rug (Charles and Sandy Bussing),

• Deco inspired coat (Nanci Maloney),

• 1920s wedding dress (Mary Helm), and

• 1920s day dress (Ivy Fuller Olds).

The installations draw inspiration from 16th- and 17th-century European "Wunderkamern," or "Cabinets of Wonder," where arrays of fascinating and beautiful objects from many different categories were displayed together, Duke said.

A reading room and activity area called "The Library of Wonder," developed in a partnership with the K-State Libraries, allows visitors to browse books, look through a microscope, draw, and search websites related to the artifacts on display.

The exhibition, which runs until Oct. 13, will be refreshed during summer of 2013, with some of the items being removed and replaced with new ones, so Duke recommends making multiple visits to the exhibition.

The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.

For more information about the Historic Costume and Textile Museum, contact Marla Day at mday@k-state.edu.

 Prepared by Human Ecology communications and university communications & marketing


This article was posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, and is filed under College News, Costume and Textile Museum, Interior Design and Fashion Studies.