Maya Women and the Textile Tradition: Agency and Livelihood

Monday, December 10

More dates through December 31, 2018

Doheny Memorial Library (DML), Ground Floor Rotunda
3550 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089

The indigenous Maya people, who inhabit the area of Southern Mexico and northern Central America, have a distinguished, centuries-long tradition of creating vibrant textiles. Women produce most of these woven materials. The creative labor is a means of economic sustenance, of advocating for their human and civil rights often in opposition to patriarchal conventions, and of advancing their wellbeing as mothers, breadwinners, and artists.

USC alumna Marie Plakos ’70 is a photographer, sociologist, and educator with a longtime interest in documenting the work and lives of the women artists in the Mexican state of Chiapas. On view here is a selection of her photographs along with textiles and transcripts of her interviews with the artists. The transcripts create a small but essential space for the voices of Maya women to speak alongside their work. Additional items from the libraries’ collections trace some of the artistic heritage of the Maya people.

Event Type

Arts, Exhibit

Audience

Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff

Campus

University Park Campus

Tags

employees

Website

https://libraries.usc.edu/exhibitions...

Cost

Free

Department
USC Libraries
Hashtag

#USCLibraries

Add this to your calendar

Recent Activity