Current Exhibits

Beading and patched denim

Culture/Counterculture: Fashions of the 1960s and 70s

Friday, September 20, 2019 (All day) to Sunday, September 6, 2020 (All day)

The exhibition Culture/Counterculture looks at fashions of the 1960s and early 1970s with a particular focus on the generation gap during that period. The exhibition is scheduled to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Kent State’s shootings on May 4, 1970. Almost 50 years ago, the shootings of Kent State University students by the Ohio National Guard brought to a head the cultural divides that had split the nation. There was a sharp contrast between supporters of the establishment and those opposed – the culture and the counterculture.

Colin Isaacs shirt detail

Wearing Justice

Saturday, August 10, 2019 (All day) to Sunday, May 31, 2020 (All day)

As part of the 50th year commemoration of May 4, the KSU School of Fashion and Merchandising is presenting designs by faculty and students that use fashion to create a dialogue about war and peace, political discourse, conflict resolution and social justice today.  Banner image: Detail of Colin Isaacs, digitally printed shirt Square image: Detail of Alexandra Reich, Brotherly Love

Ohio Quilt Floral Applique

Ohio Quilts

Friday, July 19, 2019 (All day) to Sunday, April 12, 2020 (All day)

The history of quilts in Ohio is in many ways a reflection of the history of Ohio itself since the early nineteenth century. Just as early settlers boasted a variety of origins ranging from migrants from New England to Germans who arrived either directly from Europe or from earlier settlements in Pennsylvania, their quilt traditions reflected their diverse origins. Quilt making took off around the middle of the nineteenth century owing to improvements in textile and thread production which made materials accessible and increasingly affordable.

Glass Selections from the Collection

Glass: Selections from the Collection

Monday, April 1, 2019 (All day) to Sunday, April 3, 2022 (All day)

Glass, like coats, dresses or shoes, is a time capsule of human invention, art, style and social change. More than 3500 years ago, our ancestors discovered that sand (which consists of silica, soda ash and lime) when heated to very high temperatures becomes molten. In this state it can be shaped and molded as it cools into a solid form.

fashion timeline

FASHION TIMELINE

Friday, June 29, 2012 (All day) to Sunday, June 27, 2021 (All day)

Palmer and Mull Galleries | Sara Hume, Curator The “Fashion Timeline” showcases the Kent State University Museum’s world-class collection of historic fashions. Encompassing over two centuries of fashion history, this exhibition is designed to show the evolution of styles and silhouettes while contextualizing the pieces with relevant political, technological and cultural developments. The display is intended to be a permanent feature at the museum, but the individual pieces are rotated frequently so there is always something new to see.