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  • Fashioning Identity: Mola Textiles of Panamá

    April 28, 2021 – January 9, 2022

About the Event:

The mola is a key component of traditional dress among the Indigenous Guna (formerly Kuna) women of Panamá. Guna women have been sewing mola blouses since the turn of the 20th century, and they have become powerful symbols of their culture and identity. During the Guna Revolution of 1925, Guna people rallied around their right to make and wear molas as a statement of their independence. They ultimately gained sovereignty over their territory, an archipelago of hundreds of small islands along Panamá’s Atlantic coast, known collectively as Gunayala.Molas are masterfully hand-sewn cotton panels that are made in pairs and sewn into blouses. They feature a wide array of vibrantly colored compositions, with designs ranging from geometric abstraction to imaginative scenes inspired by popular Western culture. Strong expressions of duality, repetition, and equilibrium are evident in mola imagery, both in single panels and those comprising the front and back of a blouse. Driven by precise aesthetic values and a spirited practice of artistic critique, Guna women are passionate about making ever more innovative mola designs that continue to push the boundaries of their cultural tradition. This exhibition presents both individual mola panels and complete mola blouses from the collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art and Denison University in Granville, Ohio. The molas on display span distinct periods of Guna history, from the era of the 1925 revolution to the 1980s.

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April 28, 2021 – January 9, 2022

  • Tue Dec 7, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wed Dec 8, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thu Dec 9, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Fri Dec 10, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sat Dec 11, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sun Dec 12, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tue Dec 14, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wed Dec 15, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thu Dec 16, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Fri Dec 17, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sat Dec 18, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sun Dec 19, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tue Dec 21, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wed Dec 22, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thu Dec 23, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Fri Dec 24, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sat Dec 25, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sun Dec 26, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tue Dec 28, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wed Dec 29, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thu Dec 30, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Fri Dec 31, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sat Jan 1, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sun Jan 2, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tue Jan 4, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wed Jan 5, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thu Jan 6, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Fri Jan 7, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sat Jan 8, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sun Jan 9, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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Fashion

Visual Arts


Type

Exhibition


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Free, Family Friendly

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