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  • K’iche’ Maya, _Huipil_ (blouse) (detail), collected 1917. Gift of Mrs. Barbara Deering Danielson.

    From the Loom of a Goddess: Reverberations of Guatemalan Mayan Weaving

    Costume and Textiles

    February 23 –August 19, 2018

    K’iche’ Maya, Huipil (blouse) (detail), collected 1917. Gift of Mrs. Barbara Deering Danielson.

  • K’iche’ Maya, _Huipil_ (blouse), collected 1917. Gift of Mrs. Barbara Deering Danielson.

    From the Loom of a Goddess: Reverberations of Guatemalan Mayan Weaving

    Costume and Textiles

    February 23 –August 19, 2018

    K’iche’ Maya, Huipil (blouse), collected 1917. Gift of Mrs. Barbara Deering Danielson.

  • From the Loom of a Goddess: Reverberations of Guatemalan Mayan Weaving

    Costume and Textiles

    February 23 –August 19, 2018

  • From the Loom of a Goddess: Reverberations of Guatemalan Mayan Weaving

    Costume and Textiles

    February 23 –August 19, 2018

  • From the Loom of a Goddess: Reverberations of Guatemalan Mayan Weaving

    Costume and Textiles

    February 23 –August 19, 2018

  • From the Loom of a Goddess: Reverberations of Guatemalan Mayan Weaving

    Costume and Textiles

    February 23 –August 19, 2018

  • From the Loom of a Goddess: Reverberations of Guatemalan Mayan Weaving

    Costume and Textiles

    February 23 –August 19, 2018

  • From the Loom of a Goddess: Reverberations of Guatemalan Mayan Weaving

    Costume and Textiles

    February 23 –August 19, 2018

  • From the Loom of a Goddess: Reverberations of Guatemalan Mayan Weaving

    Costume and Textiles

    February 23 –August 19, 2018

  • From the Loom of a Goddess: Reverberations of Guatemalan Mayan Weaving

    Costume and Textiles

    February 23 –August 19, 2018

  • From the Loom of a Goddess: Reverberations of Guatemalan Mayan Weaving

    Costume and Textiles

    February 23 –August 19, 2018

  • From the Loom of a Goddess: Reverberations of Guatemalan Mayan Weaving

    Costume and Textiles

    February 23 –August 19, 2018

  • From the Loom of a Goddess: Reverberations of Guatemalan Mayan Weaving

    Costume and Textiles

    February 23 –August 19, 2018

  • From the Loom of a Goddess: Reverberations of Guatemalan Mayan Weaving

    Costume and Textiles

    February 23 –August 19, 2018

  • From the Loom of a Goddess: Reverberations of Guatemalan Mayan Weaving

    Costume and Textiles

    February 23 –August 19, 2018

  • From the Loom of a Goddess: Reverberations of Guatemalan Mayan Weaving

    Costume and Textiles

    February 23 –August 19, 2018

  • From the Loom of a Goddess: Reverberations of Guatemalan Mayan Weaving

    Costume and Textiles

    February 23 –August 19, 2018

  • From the Loom of a Goddess: Reverberations of Guatemalan Mayan Weaving

    Costume and Textiles

    February 23 –August 19, 2018

  • From the Loom of a Goddess: Reverberations of Guatemalan Mayan Weaving

    Costume and Textiles

    February 23 –August 19, 2018

  • From the Loom of a Goddess: Reverberations of Guatemalan Mayan Weaving

    Costume and Textiles

    February 23 –August 19, 2018

  • From the Loom of a Goddess: Reverberations of Guatemalan Mayan Weaving

    Costume and Textiles

    February 23 –August 19, 2018

  • From the Loom of a Goddess: Reverberations of Guatemalan Mayan Weaving

    Costume and Textiles

    February 23 –August 19, 2018

  • From the Loom of a Goddess: Reverberations of Guatemalan Mayan Weaving

    Costume and Textiles

    February 23 –August 19, 2018

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  • From the Loom of a Goddess: Reverberations of Guatemalan Mayan Weaving

    At the heart of Guatemalan Maya culture lies weaving, a practice linked to creation and performed by women on backstrap looms for more than 2,000 continuous years. According to ancient Mayan manuscripts, Ixchel, goddess of the moon, birth, and healing, was the first weaver, and the backstrap loom is portrayed as connecting to her waist at one end and the tree of life at the other. Textiles woven on the backstrap loom continue to be made and worn today as emblems of Maya identity.

    Videos were commissioned by the RISD Museum with curatorial assistance from Benjamin Lundberg Torres Sanchez, performance and visual artist and 2017 RISCA Merit Fellow. Research and programming assistance thanks to Maria Paula Garcia Mosquera, MA candidate in public humanities at Brown University.

    RISD Museum is supported by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and with the generous partnership of the Rhode Island School of Design, its Board of Trustees, and Museum Governors.

  • At the heart of Guatemalan Maya culture lies weaving, and for more than 2,000 years Maya women have created intricate textiles on backstrap looms. This exhibition celebrates Maya weaving with textiles and garments made before 1917 displayed alongside new works by Sandra Lopez-Naz (RISD BFA 2017, Textiles), videos from Michy Lopez and Lucas Baisch (MFA Playwriting Candidate, Brown University), and a wall painting by Maya Ortiz Saucedo (RISD BFA 2018, Apparel).

    This exhibition celebrates the reverberations of Maya weaving in southern New England’s thriving Guatemalan-heritage community by showing a group of intricately woven textiles and garments made before 1917 and donated as a collection to the RISD Museum in 1982. Displayed alongside these historic pieces, new artwork by Providence native Sandra Lopez-Naz, a wall painting by Maya Ortiz, and videos commissioned from local artists Lucas Baisch and Michy Lopez show the continuing resonance of indigenous Maya culture in contemporary activism and artistic production.

    Videos were commissioned by the RISD Museum in collaboration with guest curator Benjamin Lundberg Torres Sánchez, performance and visual artist and RISCA Merit Fellow (New Genres, 2017; Film & Video, 2018). Research and programming assistance thanks to Maria Paula Garcia Mosquera, MA candidate in public humanities at Brown University.

    En el corazón de la cultura Maya guatemalteca se encuentra el tejido, y por más de 2.000 años las mujeres de este cultura han creado intrincados textiles en sus telares de cintura. Esta exposición celebra el tejido Maya con textiles y atuendos hechos antes del año 1917. Estas piezas se presentan junto al nuevo trabajo artístico de Sandra López-Naz (RISD BFA 2017, Textiles), los videos de Michy López y Lucas Baisch (Candidato MFA en Dramaturgia, Brown University), y una pintura mural realizada por Maya Ortiz Saucedo (RISD BFA 2018, Apparel).

    Esta exposición celebra las repercusiones del tejido Maya en la próspera comunidad del patrimonio guatemalteco del sur de Nueva Inglaterra, al mostrar un grupo de tejidos intrincados y prendas hechas antes de 1917, donadas como una colección al Museo RISD en 1982. Exhibidas junto a estas piezas históricas, nuevas obras de arte de la nativa de Providencia Sandra López-Naz, una pintura mural de Maya Ortiz, y videos encargados por los artistas locales Lucas Baisch y Michy López muestran la continua resonancia de la cultura indígena Maya en el activismo contemporáneo y la producción artística.

    Los videos fueron encargados por el Museo RISD en colaboración con el comisario invitado Benjamin Lundberg Torres Sánchez, interprete, artista visual y RISCA Merit Fellow (New Genres, 2017; Film & Video, 2018). Ayuda de investigación y programación gracias a María Paula García Mosquera, estudiante de maestría en humanidades públicas de la Universidad de Brown.


Selected objects from From the Loom of a Goddess: Reverberations of Guatemalan Mayan Weaving