Washington’s Textile Museum will move to George Washington University’s Foggy Bottom campus to become a cornerstone of a new museum scheduled to open mid-2014, the university and museum have announced.
The custom-built, approximately 35,000-square-foot museum building will be at G and 21st Streets, NW, and will bear the names of The Textile Museum and the George Washington University Museum.
“The collaboration between the world-renowned Textile Museum and the George Washington University will create unparalleled opportunities for students, researchers and scholars as well as for the general public,” GWU President Steven Knapp told a joint press conference July 26.
“Perhaps the single-most important development for the museum since it opened its doors in 1925, this relationship ensures The Textile Museum’s exciting future with increased access to its superb collection, enhanced scholarly activities, and continued focus on public programs, education, and exhibitions,” said Bruce Baganz, president of The Textile Museum’s board of trustees.
“This is a truly unique collaboration,” said Ford W. Bell, President of the American Association of Museums.“By combining resources, these institutions increase their reach and impact while The Textile Museum maintains the reputation and identity it has established over the last eight decades.”
The new museum will include dedicated galleries for The Textile Museum, with increased exhibition space compared to its present facilities.
Until the new museum opens, The Textile Museum will continue operating at its current location, 2320 S Street, NW, in the Dupont Circle-Kalorama area.
The Textile Museum is housed in two historic buildings with large gardens. The former home of museum founder George Hewitt Myers was designed by John Russell Pope in 1913. Since 1925, the museum’s galleries have been in an adjacent building bought by Myers for this purpose.
Its current exhibitions are “Green: the Color and the Cause” through September 11, “Second Lives: the Age-Old Art of Recycling Textiles” through January 8, and The Textile Learning Center.
The museum’s recent exhibit, never-before-seen collection of Central Asian ikat textiles, “Colors of the Oasis: Central Asian Ikats”, will travel soon to the Seattle Art Museum and Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
The Textile Museum’s collections include 18,000 textiles and carpets, dating from 3,000 BCE to present, that represent the Near East, Asia, Africa and the Americas.