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May 15, 2013
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
June 12, 2013 – October 27, 2013
Seattle – A decade ago, two 20-something women—a London fashion photographer and the daughter of a master-weaver from the Mekong region of Lao PDR—came together to form the cooperative OckPopTok. Meaning “East Meets West,” this 21st century cooperative is as likely to sell wall hangings inspired by Mark Rothko, as the traditional skirts woven with Laotian motifs.
Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives that Transform Communities, a traveling exhibit coming to the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, provides an intimate view of the work of ten women-run artisan cooperatives from across the world. The exhibit features the artists’ personal stories and stunning examples of the cooperatives' handmade traditional arts. Each object represents the power of women working together to transform their lives—and the lives of their families, their children, and their communities.
Each of the ten co-operatives featured in this show has a different motivation. Art binds them, but the market drives them. In 10 years, OckPopTok has grown from a one-room weaving studio for local weavers to an internationally-recognized heritage destination, gallery, retreat center, and women’s weaving collaborative for over 200 artisans in three provinces and seven villages, helping women survive and thrive.
The Burke Museum will add to Empowering Women with its own display of “Transformational Goods,” where visitors will see artisan-made items with a local connection. Learn about some of the Pacific Northwest entrepreneurs, citizens, and organizations that are supporting artisans and transforming communities across the globe.
Items from the “Transformational Goods” display will be available for purchase, offering all museum visitors a simple and direct way to support grassroots cooperatives.
Empowering Women Programs:
On June 15, the Burke celebrates the opening of Empowering Women with a look at art from Mexico's southern state of Oaxaca. Talks include:
On July 20-21, come to the Burke’s Empowering Women Artisan Market, open both Saturday and Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm. This event offers the rare chance to meet artists from around the globe. Expect this market to spill outside the museum, in true street market style! Highlights include:
Empowering Women showcases the transformative power of women working together to provide for their families, educate their children, steward their environment, promote equality, and give back to their communities. Join the Burke to discover how the intersection of art, commerce, and culture is changing lives across the globe—and in our own backyard.
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Empowering Women is a traveling exhibition organized by the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with guest curator Dr. Suzanne Seriff. The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture is hosting the exhibit with sponsorship from: 4Culture, Microsoft, and Quest for Truth Foundation; and support from: Kym Aughtry, Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation, Marrella Fund, OneFamily Foundation, Ten Thousand Villages, Tulalip Tribes, and U.S. Bancorp Foundation.
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