New Museum Performances Give Textiles a Platform

Textile Museum invites artists to display works, elicit conversation

How much do you know about textiles? Did you know there's an actual textile museum right in Dupont Circle?

If you ever wanted a glimpse into the world of textile art, the museum promises two evenings of performances later this month that are sure to elicit some interesting conversation and raise some eyebrows as well. 

On July 23, a group called threeASFOUR "will collaborate on a performance highlighting their ethereal and sculptural approach to textile design while provoking a discussion of an individual's role within society through the ritualistic altering and reshaping of fabric by actors on stage," according to Interwoven, a New York collaborative that provides platforms for artists in visual arts.

The second evening is July 24.

"The Circular Series, Section 4" is an original site-specific performance based on human rituals, the constructions we build, and social isolation, using the contrasts of a large rigid geometric structure interacting with chaos, represented by explosions of color.

It will be the first American appearance by Cogenhagen-based duo Henrik Vibskov and Andreas Emenius.

Both evenings will include Peggy Noland's performance that experiments with enlarged and deformed shapes on the body, creating an unorthodox silhouette and speaking to an ongoing social idea of high versus low culture versus commerce. You might just have to see this one to believe it.

It may sound too artsy and cerebral, but just grab a glass of wine with your friends in Dupont and head over to check it out. You'll have plenty to talk about after the show.

The performances are from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Tickets are $20 per evening.

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