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Rolling weavings

Staff members from Kennedy Museum of Art carefully prepare the weavings for their trip to Central and South America

Photo courtesy of: College of Fine Arts

Weaving packing

The weavings are securely packed in crates.

Photo courtesy of: College of Fine Arts

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Kennedy Museum of Art shares weavings across continents

A portion of the museum’s collection of Navajo weavings will be exhibited in Guatemala, Bolivia

More than twenty examples of Native American weaving from Kennedy Museum of Art’s collection will soon be traveling across continents, to South America. It is part of "Tradition and Practice," a traveling exhibition sponsored by the U.S. embassies in Guatemala and Bolivia through the Visual Arts Initiative (VAI), a part of the Cultural Programs Division of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  

Ohio University’s Kennedy Museum of Art is sending 23 weavings from its Edwin L. and Ruth E. Kennedy Southwest Native American Collection to three museums in Central and South America. The weavings will first be shown at the Museo Ixchel del Traje Indigena in Guatemala City, Guatemala from Aug. 5 through Sept. 10, 2010. The weavings will then travel to the Museo Nacional de Etnografia y Folklore in La Paz, Bolivia, from Oct. 5 through 30, then at the Museo de Arte Indigena in Sucre, Bolivia. 

"The weavings were chosen by considering many aspects, aside from the visual and conceptual," Petra Kralickova, curator of Kennedy Museum of Art, said. "We had to consider the condition of each weaving, its size, the shipping crate size and the museum gallery sizes and the hanging system of each weaving at its destination."

The "Tradition and Practice" exhibit and related activities with Navajo weaver D.Y. Begay that will accompany it, will allow both American embassies to connect with their local audiences by focusing on shared native culture and promoting mutual understanding. Both Guatemala and Bolivia have large indigenous populations with strong weaving traditions.

In addition, the director of Kennedy Museum of Art, Edward Pauley, will travel to both countries and give presentations on topics related to museum administration to museum and Ministry of Culture personnel.

"We are glad the weavings will be enjoyed by a broad audience to bring exposure to the museum's very impressive Southwest Native American Collection," said Kralickova. "We hope that new partnerships are made and [we] look forward to working together in the future on similar projects through educational outreach to facilitate dialogue and engagement with local audiences."  

Kennedy Museum of Art was selected to share their pieces after E.J. Monster, cultural affairs officer at the U.S. Embassy in La Paz, Bolivia, came across the museum's website for its "Weaving Is Life” exhibition of 2005-2007. The exhibition was a perfect fit for the VAI program.

According to Kennedy Museum of Art's press release, the VAI provides partial funding on a competitive basis for local, embassy-supported visual arts presentations.  

"Kennedy Museum of Art is excited to be part of this three-venue traveling exhibition," said Kralickova. "We are delighted to be part of such opportunity and make the permanent collection visible internationally."