Mummy wrappings and more! at HITE

Don’t miss out on what is happening with the Hite Art Institute! Scroll below for information on exhibitions, events, and this week’s collection highlight!

Mark Your Calendars:
October 20, 2020

Interviews, Artist Spotlights, and department highlights will be showcased for this year’s Raise Some L campaign. Stay tuned for Sneak Peaks and information on how you can get involved!

Our Galleries are Full:

Head to our website and make a free reservation to check out the work of our new MFA Students in Push Comes to Shove, our MFA Graduates and to experience the amazing photography from Japan in TOKYO Before/After.

Images: Top: Installation view of TOKYO Before/After, Schneider Hall Galleries
Bottom: Detail of Shae Goodlett’s installation in MFA Thesis Exhibition, Cressman Center
Design Lecture Series

The University of Louisville Hite Art Institute is proud to be collaborating on Interconnected, a design lecture series with this year’s focus — Black Voices in Design. Please join us for Britt Davis on Thursday, October 15, 7pm Eastern; 6pm Central, hosted by WKU with support from AIGA Nashville.

Interconnected — a new, state-wide design lecture series for the 2020-21 academic year — is a collaboration with the design & art programs at Eastern Kentucky University, Murray State University, Northern Kentucky University, Western Kentucky University, the University of Kentucky, and University of Louisville, in partnership with AIGA Louisville, AIGA Cincinnati and AIGA Nashville. This year’s focus — Black Voices in Design — aims to diversify and decolonize our pedagogical practices and design curricula.

Each university will ‘host’ one speaker for a live, virtual lecture which will be free to interested students, faculty, and professionals in design programs across the state. This line-up features exceptional talent across the field of art and design.

The first lecture featuring Britt Davis is Thursday, October 15, 7pm Eastern; 6pm Central, hosted by WKU with support from AIGA Nashville.

Britt Davis has designed for ESPN, Viacom, SB Nation, WNBA, NASCAR, multiple universities and professional sports teams, as well as for individual athletes. She is a Senior Designer for the Atlanta Falcons / AMB Sports + Entertainment.

To register, visit: https://wku.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_H_AN5K35QSCqvBs71v207g
Collection Highlight

For this week’s collection highlight we are bringing you textiles from the Peruvian Chancay culture. These 12th century textiles are fragments from mummy wrappings. The Chancay were known for their extraordinary skills with weaving and created beautiful cloths with numerous colors and intricate patterns.

Little is known about the Chancay people who occupied the central coast of Peru from around 1000 to 1470 CE. Emerging after the fall of the Wari civilization in the later part of the Inca Empire, the Chancay is one of the first Peruvian cultures that mass produced ceramics, textiles and metals, and were also known for their wood carved items.

What makes the Chancay stand out however, is their custom of creating burial dolls that have been found within their tombs. The burial dolls are made of woven fabric and stuffed with reed or fiber. Dressed in gendered garments, the dolls have tapestry-woven faces with dramatic features and some carry items in their hands. While the exact function of the dolls is unknown, some speculate that they are meant to be companions to the dead in the afterlife or that they may simply be meant as a representation of the deceased.
Chancay mummies were usually wrapped in several layers of textiles and placed in a seated position creating a bundle known as a fardo. In a mummy found in 2008, this former elite member of society was found with numerous offerings tucked into his textiles including cotton, ground corn, and corncobs.
Images: Top two: University of Louisville Art Collection, Peruvian, Chancay Culture textiles. Fragment of Mummy Wrappings, 12th century, from the Morris B. Belknap Bequest Fund
Bottom: Chancay Burial Doll, Image from the public domain

References:
https://www.livescience.com/5012-scientists-unravel-mummy-mystery.html
The Inca World: The Development of Pre-Columbian Peru, A.D. 1000-1534, ed. By Laura Laurencich Minelli, pg. 115-117
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chancay_culture
https://www.ancient-origins.net/artifacts-other-artifacts/chancay-burial-dolls-ancient-peruvian-grave-goods-lost-culture-005395

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