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2020-2021 Events

Upcoming: Spring 2021

Online Exhibition: Malkha | Madison: A Moment in Making

black and white image with hands weaving threads at a wooden loomTentative Launch Date: March 1, 2021 (Spring Semester)
Malkha | Madison is a long term collaboration between Malkha, an organization based in India that has re-visioned cotton cloth production to restore dignity in work, and the CDMC. Malkha is a decentralized, sustainable, field-to-fabric cotton textile chain, collectively managed by primary producers – spinners, dyers and weavers – in India. A Moment in Making will be a virtual exhibition featuring photographs by Harsh Lohit that were taken at some of Malkha’s facilities during 2017. The exhibition will highlight the intertwined relationships of cotton production as well as mechanized and hand-made crafts.

Textiles from Home: Local Crafts, Global Conversations

Image of an embroidery sampler with section of text saying "Welcome."Sunday, March 20-Saturday, March 20, 2021
Join us for a week-long (virtual!) celebration and exploration of the connections between textile making, domestic space, and local environments, both historically and today. Events will be scheduled throughout the week of 14-20 March 2021 and we will do our best to accommodate multiple time zones. Though we recognize that not all timings will be ideal for all people, we will aim for a critical mass at all events, as well as building community throughout the week! View the Call for Proposals and submit your ideas. Deadline: January 22, 2021.

Past: Fall 2020

CDMC Conversation Series: Dakota Mace

Dakota Mace headshot in black and whiteWednesday, November 18, 2020. 1:00 PM CT.
CDMC Visiting Executive Director Sarah Anne Carter joined Diné (Navajo) artist and scholar Dakota Mace in conversation. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the Institute of American Indian Arts, Mace is a photographer and textile artist. Her art and research focuses on appropriation of Indigenous design-work. Mace is currently a lecturer in photography at UW–Madison and the photographer for the CDMC. Supported by The Anonymous Fund; registration was required.

CDMC Conversation Series: PJ Carlino and Nastaran Shishegar

sepia toned photo from 1907 of men and women in an officeTuesday, November 10, 2020. 1:00 PM CT.
PJ Carlino is a design educator and design historian. His scholarship decodes the history embedded in industrially produced products with a particular focus on the vernacular object and the intersection of production and consumption. For this CDMC event, he discussed gender, race, and class in the standardization of office furniture and interiors. Dr. Carlino was joined in conversation by Assistant Professor Dr. Nastaran Shishegar (Design Studies). Supported by The Anonymous Fund; registration was required.

Conversaciones De CDMC / CDMC Conversation Series: Día De Los Muertos En Los Tiempos De COVID / Day Of The Dead In The Time Of COVID

Woman wearing an elaborately embroidered face mask and shirt.Domingo, 8 de noviembre de 2020 / Sunday, November 8, 2020. 7:00 PM CT.
Discusión de la película de la prof. Carolyn Kallenborn “La Vida y Los Muertos,” en vivo con la cineasta y los artistas oaxaqueños Ana Paula Fuentes, Miriam Campos, Tito Mendoza, y Ale Ríos quienes nos acompañarán desde México. Dr. Sarmiento, la moderadora. / Discussion of Prof. Carolyn Kallenborn’s film “La Vida y Los Muertos” with the filmmaker and Oaxacan artists Ana Paula Fuentes, Miriam Campos, Tito Mendoza, and Ale Rios. Moderated by Dr. Sarmiento. Gracias/Thanks to The Anonymous Fund.

CDMC Conversation Series: Shirley Wajda

B&W 19th century illustration of a woman in a kitchen.Thursday, October 29, 2020. 12:00 PM CT.
Shirley Wajda, Executive Director of the Enfield Shaker Museum, conversed with CDMC Visiting Executive Director, Sarah Anne Carter. The two discussed the cultural history of kitchens and how kitchen spaces are both shaped by and shape design, social and cultural history, and technology. Dr. Wajda has over thirty years of experience in university teaching, public humanities, museum curatorship, and historical research and editing. Supported by the Anonymous Fund; registration was required.

CDMC Conversation Series: Erika Holst

Photograph of a museum installation of 19th-century dresses.Tuesday, October 13, 2020. 3:00 PM CT.
Erika Holst, Curator of History at the Illinois State Museum conversed with Samantha Comerford, Interim Assistant Collections Manager of the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, regarding Holst’s recently opened exhibition Fashioning Illinois: 1820-1900. This exhibition tracks changes in garment shapes, mending and washing practices, as well as the undergarments worn by women in Illinois during these 80 years. The conversation focused on a few of the garments on display as well as the clothing industry and how it changed during 1820-1900 and beyond. They also discussed different display strategies utilized to put on an apparel-focused museum exhibition and how the garments came to life when placed on a mannequin. Supported by the Anonymous Fund; registration was required.

CDMC Conversation Series: Lauren Gottlieb-Miller and Jonathan Senchyne

woman in black dress shows a group a book within a gallery.Tuesday, September 29, 2020. 4:00 PM CT.
The CDMC and the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture were pleased to host Lauren Gottlieb-Miller, librarian for the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas, for a virtual lecture and conversation. A UW–Madison alumna and graduate of the Libraries and Information Studies program in the iSchool, Gottlieb-Miller presented on her work in the Menil Collection and the breadth and possibilities of books used in an art museum context. Gottlieb-Miller was joined by Dr. Jonathan Senchyne, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture, for a conversation. Supported by the Anonymous Fund; registration was required.

Cynthia Leibrock: Residential Design for Health and Longevity

Photograph of a home at dusk with large windows and a dark blue sky.Wednesday, September 23, 2020. 1:00 PM CT.
Designer and author Cynthia Leibrock gave a virtual tour of her carefully designed home. Featured on the cover of several publications, Leibrock’s home is a study in design dedicated to health, longevity, and accessibility and highlights universal design elements, design that encourages healthy lifestyles, and design that allows aging in place. This event was free and co-sponsored by the CDMC, the Design Studies Department, and the Anonymous Fund.

Past: Summer 2020

Chipstone-CDMC Undergraduate Research Fellowship Symposium

Logo for symposium in black and grey featuring CDMC and Chipstone logosWednesday, August 19, 2020. 1:00 PM CT.
The Center for Design and Material Culture was pleased to host the first Chipstone-CDMC Undergraduate Research Fellowship Symposium. This fellowship program offers undergraduate UW-Madison students an opportunity to conduct research in one of the three pillars of the CDMC: design thinking, material culture, and textiles. The 2020 fellowship cohort (Nadia Tahir, Zhaojie Zhong, Noah Mapes) includes three fellows each studying in one of those three pillars. Supported by the Chipstone Foundation and the Anonymous Fund; registration was required.

CDMC Conversation Series: nibiiwakamigkwe

beaded artwork of 4 plants and the cardinal directions.Tuesday, August 4, 2020. 1:00 PM CT.
nibiiwakamigkwe is a Métis, Onyota’a:ka (Oneida), Anishinaabe (Ojibwe), Cuban and waabishkiiwed Two-Spirit artist working in traditional Indigenous craftwork and contemporary Woodlands style. Their work fosters awareness of land protection, Indigenous cultural landscapes, and the complexity of identity. This includes the relatedness of Indigenous art and artists to language preservation, land rights, environmental justice, and the impact of cultural appropriation. This CDMC Conversation, with Dakota Mace, SoHE MFA alumna and CDMC Photographer, focused on art practices as decolonizing tools, expressions of art activism, and nibiiwakamigkwe’s current work revitalizing traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee tattooing practices. Supported by the Anonymous Fund; registration was required.

CDMC Conversation Series: Nirmal Raja

a white gauze mask on a wooden table with text "I may be a drop in the seas, yes, but it is my reason for being."Wednesday, July 15, 2020. 12:00 PM CT.
For the inaugural “CDMC Conversation,” we hosted Milwaukee-based interdisciplinary artist, curator, and educator Nirmal Raja. Through her work, Raja approaches her practice as a process of shifting and communicating sensations and ideas with varied materials and processes. Joined by CDMC’s Associate Academic Curator Stacy Motte, the two discussed Nirmal’s approach, process, and her newest exhibition Feeble Barriers, a project focused on mask making and personal stories during the pandemic, at Grove Gallery in Milwaukee. Supported by the Anonymous Fund; registration was required.