Coming up in September
Wednesday, September 5, 10:30 AM–1 PM
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ARTS FOR FAMILIES
Chinese Dragon Puppets
Saturday, September 8, 2–4 PM
Spend a Saturday afternoon creating your very own dragon puppet with ribbon, paper, and glue. Will your dragon be gentle or fierce? Scaly or smooth? Bring your creative dragon ideas along. Free; no reservations required.
POETRY IN THE GARDEN
with DC Poet Laureate Dolores Kendrick
Sunday, September 9, 5–8 PM
The D.C. Comission on the Arts and Humanities is sponosring a reception in the TM gardens with D.C. Poet Laureate Dolores Kendrick and other top literary artists. The event is free, but space is limited. RSVP by September 5 to firstname.lastname@example.org. District of Columbia’s Office of the Poet Laureate was established in 1984. Ms. Kendrick is the second apointee to the position, and hosts a variety of events annually in order to rejuvenate the art of poetry in the District.
TM Shop Fall Preview
Tuesday, September 11
Visit the shop or go online to purchase exhibition related merchandise and other new fall items before the opening of The Sultan’s Garden.
RUG & TEXTILE
The Designs of Isfahan Rugs
Saturday, September 15, 10:30 AM
Collector Colin England discusses the three dimensional designs from the Iranian city of Isfahan that are translated into the art form of rugs, sharing examples from his collection and others. Free; no reservations required.
Tuesday, September 18, 5:30–6:30 PM
We know you love The Textile Museum and the variety of programming it offers: lecture series, the annual symposium, Celebration of Textiles, adult workshops, Arts for Families, and PM @ The TM; but have you ever considered volunteering at an event? Please join us to learn about The Textile Museum’s programming needs and how you can become involved. Light refreshments served. RSVP required; email
Textile Society of America Marketplace
September 21–22, 2012
Visit the TM Shop’s booth at this great mecca of modern and traditional textiles. Visit the TSA website for more information.
The Sultan's Garden: The Blossoming of Ottoman Art
September 21, 2012
Turkish Coffee Truck
Saturday, September 20
Stop by the first Saturday of The Sultan’s Garden to sample Turkish coffee, compliments of the American-Turkish Association of Washington, D.C. Visit the website before coming to the museum to confirm when the coffee truck will be onsite. Free.
PM @ The TM
Beauty and the East
Thursday, September 27, 6–9 PM
Journey to the Sultan’s Gardens for PM @ The TM: "Beauty and the East". Celebrating the opening of our new exhibition, The Sultan’s Garden: The Blossoming of Ottoman Art, we are throwing a fête in our own unique gardens. Sip a drink and enjoy food by Mie n Yu Restaurant, while listening to the Django jazz of Hot Club of DC and lounging in a fabulous fabric tent custom-designed by Morgan West of PandaHead. Move inside the museum to enjoy the floral textiles of the Ottoman Empire in a gallery tour of The Sultan’s Garden, and make your own fabric corsage. Bohemian gorgeous dress is encouraged. This event is supported by Culturadar. Beauty and the East is an event of Turkish Cultural Heritage Month, organized by the American-Turkish Association of Washington, D.C. Fee: $15 (includes one complimentary beer or wine). Advance tickets are available here.
Islam: Empire of Faith
Part III: "The Ottomans"
Friday, September 28, 12 PM
Originally aired on PBS, this last of three episodes in the documentary Islam: Empire of Faith covers the history of the expansionist Ottoman Empire and its ambitious sultans through the reign of Suleyman the Magnificent. Highlights of this program include footage from old Constantinople and from Istanbul, marvelous Islamic architecture, and mosaics and paintings portraying historical events. Free; no reservations required. Read more.
Otsukimi: Harvest Moon Viewing
Saturday, September 29, 6:30–9 PM
Join us for our popular evening event celebrating the ancient Japanese custom of admiring the harvest moon. This tradition dates back to the Heian period (794-1185) when the evening was marked with poetry and music by court aristocrats. Our otsukimi will feature live koto music, Japanese tea ceremony, children’s games, and more—all in the museum’s beautiful moonlit garden. Families are welcome. Attendees may bring their own picnic dinner or preorder a Japanese bento box. For ticket pricing and more information, visit www.us-japan.org/dc or call (202) 833-2210. This event is co-presented with the Japan-America Society of Washington, DC.
Sunday, September 30, 11AM–7 PM
Pennsylvania Ave NW between 12th & 14th Streets
American-Turkish Association of Washington, D.C.’s Turkish Cultural Heritage Month culminates in the 10th annual Turkish Festival, which features cuisine, music, dancing, children’s activities and a special opportunity to try on traditional Turkish clothing with The Textile Museum. Bring the whole family and find us in the culture tent to pose in textiles you can try on! The Turkish Festival is organized by the American-Turkish Association of Washington, D.C.