About This Project
Layers of Influence: Unfolding Cloth Across Cultures
For each exhibition, MOA invites curators as well as local community members, artists, academics, and activists to provide varied and dynamic perspectives about the included works and highlighted themes. Let these unconventional guides expand your understanding, direct your attention to critical ideas, and spark your curiosity. Free with museum admission
Tuesdays | 1pm
This 20-minute tour introduces the temporary exhibition explores the highlights of Layers of Influence: Unfolding Cloth Across Cultures. A sumptuous feast for the eyes, this exhibition showcases stunning textiles from MOA’s global collection and explores the human connection to clothing across cultures.
Thursday, November 24 | 7pm
April Liu, MOA’s postdoctoral fellow for Asia, will take you on a journey through fascinating textiles from Asia, including rare items from China, Japan, Tibet, Indonesia, and India. Hear the stories and myths surrounding silk weaving in Asia and its close ties to ritual, identity and power.
Thursday, December 8 | 7pm
Indigo Across Cultures
Jean Kares, an independent scholar, textile specialist, artist, and writer, will follow the thread of indigo across various cultures. Having taught at SFU on indigo, Kares will introduce visitors to the pervasive dye, its process, how it is connected to the slave trade and the unique nature of working with a living organism.
Thursday, January 12 | 7pm
Coast Salish Weaving
Debra Sparrow, acclaimed Musqueam weaver, artist, and designer, will share personal and cultural context around Coast Salish weavings. It is Debra’s hope to educate others about the beauty and integrity of her people’s history through the lens of art.
Thursday, January 19 | 7pm
Fashion & Commodification
T’ai Smith, Associate Professor of Twentieth-Century Art History at UBC, will lead a tour focused on the industries of fashion and clothing. Learn about the relationship between images, production, and consumption in the modern era.
Thursday, January 26 | 7pm
Join curator Jennifer Kramer on a tour of Layers of Influence: Unfolding Cloth Across Cultures. A sumptuous feast for the eyes, this exhibition showcases stunning textiles from MOA’s global collection and explores the human connection to clothing across cultures.
Thursday, February 2 | 7pm
Bark Cloth of the Pacific Islands – Please note date change
Join Sereana Naepi, an Indigenous Fijian PhD student, and MOA curator Carol Mayer on a tour of the incredible collection of bark cloth in Layers of Influence. These monumental pieces are uniquely created and represent strong cultural traditions.
Learn more about other tours and programs at MOA