Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising Public Programming
Our programs highlight the wide range of the Avenir’s current exhibitions, as well as guest presenters on unique subjects. Join us for these free, public lectures on an intriguing array of textile topics!
Where is Every Body? Mannequins and Mounts Student Panel
Wednesday, October 27 | 7 p.m. Mountain Time | Virtual Presentation on Zoom
The CSU graduate students in Spring 2021’s Care and Exhibit of Museum Collections course (DM563) come back together to present a Fall 2021 special event. Join us on Zoom on Wednesday, October 27, at 7 p.m. for a virtual panel discussion and Q&A session with the team who researched, curated, and installed the Avenir Museum’s current Where is Every Body? Mannequins and Mounts exhibit. Though they may seem like interchangeable, neutral background components in an apparel exhibit, you’ll learn why the choice, modification, and staging of specific mannequins matters a great deal.
Avenir Museum Quarterly Book Club
Wednesday, November 17 | 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Mountain Time | Virtual Meeting on Zoom
The Avenir is pleased to announce our selection for the Fall 2021 Book Club’s virtual gathering! Please plan to procure a copy from your preferred library or bookseller, and then join us on Zoom on Wednesday, November 17 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. for a lively discussion of Threads of Life: A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle (Abrams Books, 2019) by Clare Hunter. This book is described as “a chronicle of identity, protest, memory, power, and politics told through the stories of needlework…to celebrate the age-old, universal, and underexplored beauty and power of sewing.” We look forward to hearing how the book’s thoughtful prose and meanderings through time and place about plying a needle and thread speak to you. It seems a fitting book to read in these contemplative times we are living through, as autumnal days arrive.
CSU American West Program – Yufna Soldier Wolf
Thursday, October 14, 2021 | Virtual Presentation on Zoom
In partnership with the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising and the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, CSU’s Public Lands History Center was proud to bring Yufna Soldier Wolf to CSU as the American West Program speaker. A former director of the Northern Arapaho Tribal Historic Preservation Office and the founder of Soldier Wolf Consulting, Yufna Soldier Wolf shared her experience successfully repatriating the remains of three Northern Arapaho children from the Carlisle Indian School, the United States’ oldest and largest residential school (1879-1918). Together with Northern Arapaho elders, Soldier Wolf negotiated with the U.S. Army to implement the 1990 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and bring her tribe’s children home.
Wandering Spirit: The History of African Wax Prints
September 23, 2021 | Virtual Presentation on Zoom
Watch this virtual program with Dr. Gifty Benson, the guest curator of the exhibit “Wandering Spirit: African Wax Prints” on display at the Avenir through December 17, 2021. A retired pediatric dentist born in Ghana, West Africa, Dr. Benson discussed the historical and contemporary significance of these textiles, their cultural and economic importance, and how the wax prints reflect the stories, dreams, and personalities of the people who wear them.
April 19, 2021 | Virtual Presentation on Zoom
In conjunction with the virtual exhibition Threads of Our Community: A History of the Avenir Museum, Curator Dr. Katie Knowles and Assistant Curator Megan Osborne (’04) held a conversation with Curator Emerita Linda Carlson (‘88). Listen in as Linda remembers projects and events over her 23 years as curator, with questions from the virtual audience. This conversation was filmed at the Avenir Museum, including behind-the-scenes in the museum’s collection storage room. Check out this evening of fabulous story-telling about the museum’s fascinating textile treasures.
November 5, 2020 | Virtual Presentation on Zoom
In conjunction with the virtual exhibition Threads of Our Community: A History of the Avenir Museum, Curator Dr. Katie Knowles and the CSU Alumni Association teamed up for a program that profiled the people and the objects central to the creation of the University’s historic apparel and textile collection now known as the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising. The conversation was filmed in the Collections Storage area of the Avenir Museum, with Dr. Knowles sharing behind-the-scenes details, signature stories, and a lively audience Q&A session with the program audience.
Caring For Your Family Treasures
December 8, 2020 | Virtual Presentation on Zoom
Join CSU Libraries and the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising for expert advice on how to preserve your family archives, photos, and textile heirlooms. Staff provided tips on how to store various items, and how to create digital files to record and organize important information. Staff also answered live questions from the audience. Learn how to save and document your artifacts and the stories they tell about your family’s history.