Welcome to the Kent State University Museum, home of extraordinary collections of historic dress, fashion, textiles, and decorative arts. Here you will find works by many of the world’s great artists and designers, known and unknown, from across time and continents.
The Museum was founded in 1982 alongside the Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising, and offers invaluable first-hand experiences for all students, faculty and staff at Kent State University. The Museum also serves the culturally rich communities of Northeastern Ohio as well as global audiences through the loan of objects to museums, scholarly research, and traveling exhibitions from the distinguished collection.
Join us Jan. 13 at 12pm for "Global Impacts of the Romanian Blouse"
As Stitched: Regional Dress Across Europe nears the end of its run, join us on Thursday, Jan. 13 for a talk with Andreea Tănăsescu, President of La Blouse Roumaine a non-governmental organization that promotes the preservation of the Romanian textile heritage, cultural and sustainable fashion. Tănăsescu will discuss the global impacts of the Romanian Blouse throughout the past 100 years.
See Stitched: Regional Dress Across Europe through Jan. 30
Drawing from the rich collection of Kent State University Museum, this exhibition showcases common features shared by regional costume across Europe. In its original context in villages, regional dress carefully marked social and cultural differences. Religious affiliation, gender, age, and marital status were all instantly recognizable at a glance by members of the community. A person’s outfit signaled which village or region they came from. Focusing on these signs of difference obscures the common vocabulary that rural residents across Europe used to shape their clothing.
Join us Feb. 3 at 6pm for "Word Sounds and Power: Poem for the Living"
“Word Sounds and Power: Poem for the Living,” is a multi-media exploration of a poignant personal story of self-discovery, healing and transformation rendered in original music and poetry featuring poet, Mwatabu S. Okantah, with keyboard artist Vince Robinson and violinist Annie Fullard.
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Poet, Mwatabu S. Okantah
Keyboard Artist Vince Robinson
Violinist Annie Fullard
Join us Feb. 21 at 5pm for "A Conversation About Ownership in the Black Hair Care Industry"
The Black hair care industry has been in existence since the 1900s with the likes of Annie Turnbo Malone, Madam C. J. Walker, and Garrett Morgan. These entrepreneurs set the standard for successful Black owned hair care businesses. However, for more than 100 years that success has been continually threatened by non-Blacks profiting off of products they created catering to the Black community. Join us as Ladosha Wright, Goldie Jenkins, and Dr.
Dancing with the Distance to OPEN February 25!
Award winning artist and beloved professor, Janice Lessman-Moss is renowned for her intricate weavings. The Kent State University Museum exhibition, Dancing with the Distance showcases more than twenty of her works. The weavings, which span a period of nearly thirty years, display the evolution of her craft and were created on a variety of different looms from hand looms to digital jacquards and power looms. Her mastery of technology extends not just to the use of high-powered looms for weaving but also to the design of the patterns.
Forever Chanel: Coco + Karl, through Feb. 27, 2022
We live in a world where fashion, celebrity and personality are inextricably intertwined and elevated to heights of global phenomena. A singular name — Cher, Madonna, Naomi or even Bernie — denotes an immediate and comprehensive image of personae, values and impact. The name Chanel has endured for over 100 years: What does that tell us about the House of Chanel and what does that reveal about us?
TEXTURES: the history and art of Black hair is open through Aug. 7. 2022!
TEXTURES synthesizes research in history, fashion, art, and visual culture to reassess the “hair story” of peoples of African descent. Long a fraught topic for African Americans and others in the diaspora, Black hair is here addressed by artists, barbers, and activists in both its historical perceptions and its ramifications for self and society today. Combs, products, and implements from the collection of hair pioneer Willie Morrow are paired here with masterworks from artists including James Van Der Zee, Sonya Clark, Lorna Simpson, Mary Sibande and Zanele Muholi.