Cloth As A Community:
Hmong Textiles in America
Opens Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 6:00 pm and runs through Saturday, March 14th 5:00 p.m.
Hmong flower cloth (or paj ntaub) is one of the world’s great textile traditions and an excellent example of cloth as community. Despite its deep roots in Hmong culture, this complex art was not widely known outside Asia until after the Vietnam War, when Hmong refugees arrive in the United States. The works illustrate the profound relevance of textiles as infrastructure in the Hmong culture, an art form that shifted as it adapted to fit new realities. Now visitors to Fort Smith Museum of History can experience the exhibition, Cloth as Community: Hmong Textiles in America, opening Thursday, January 30th at 6:00 p.m. The exhibition features 28 textiles—flower cloths and embroidered story clothes—by those in the Hmong community.
A Retrospective of Historically Black
Opening reception is February 2, 2020 at 1:00 pm. Bastion Gallery will be open 1:oo-6:oo on Saturdays and Sundays in February, only.
914 Garrison Ave
Embodiment is a retrospective exhibition that gathers Black artifacts and items, clothing and portraits to explore their varied connections to Fort Smith and the region. These images and items celebrate Blackness, giving a tangible and visible form to our historically culturally diverse past. They provide positive images of the African American experience and honor those families and individuals who helped shape our community.
Blacks played an important role in the development of Fort Smith and America, from agriculture to the art, business owners to soldiers and law enforcement. The African American past is a reminder of how far we have come, and how far we have to go.
64.6 Downtown has been able to curate this experience for the community through the generosity of our sponsors Lewis Eady of State Farm and Anthony Sims of Farm Bureau Insurance. A special thank you to our partners for loaning items on display: Fort Smith Museum of History, the Hiram Justice Family, the Richardson Family and Sherry Toliver.