Marlboro College

News Discussion of Panamanian Textile Art, February 15

MARLBORO, VT - (February 3, 2011) - Marlboro College will host a free, public talk with artist and textile scholar, Kathryn Lipke Vigesaa on Tuesday, February 15 at 4:00p.m. in the Drury Gallery.

Vigesaa's discussion with be in conjunction with the exhibit "Molas in Transition: Textile Art of Kuna Women", currently on display in Marlboro College's Drury Gallery. Molas, embroidered blouse fronts and backs made and worn by the Kuna women of Panama, are valued as examples of cultural wealth and intellectual property in the Kuna Yala Archipelago. Vigesaa will discuss how they are also now becoming important items of commerce as well as representations of political struggle.

Between her original trips with filmmaker John McKay in 2000 and 2003, and her recent trip with folklorist Skye Morrison, Vigesaa has been able to document comparative touchstones that understand molas as narrative art form in the twenty-first century. The films that resulted from this fieldwork will be shown in conjunction with the exhibit.

The Drury Gallery is open 1p.m.-5p.m., Sunday through Friday. For more information, call 802-257-4333.

Images available upon request. For more information, contact the Marlboro College Public Relations department at 802-251-7644 or pr@marlboro.edu . In case of inclement weather, call the Marlboro College Events line at 802-451-7151.

For over 60 years, Marlboro College has offered undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, master's degree programs for working adults in the areas of educational technology, internet technologies, health care administration and an MBA in Managing for Sustainability. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont.

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