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Guest Lecture: "E wehe ana i ka maoli (Uncovering What is Real) - Undressing the Savage" by Sulu'ape Keone Nunes

Sulu'ape Keone Nunes
October 2, 2015 -

Sulu'ape Keone Nunes is one of the leading experts on Hawaiian culture, customs, and kākau (tattooing). 

Nunes uses only traditional Hawaiian tools in his works and his protocols for practice are rooted in a long genealogical lineage. He studied under the late Su'a Sulu'ape Paulo (Samoa) in the use of traditional Polynesian implementations and under several Hawaiian kupuna (elders) in tattooing traditions. Nunes is also an educator and community leader, and he lectures and works internationally.

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Film Screening: "Eco de la montaña" from Cine+Mas San Francisco's Latino Film Festival

Echo of the Mountain
September 18, 2015 -

Eco de la montaña (Echo of the Mountain) (2014, 92 min.) documents the life, work, and struggle for survival of Santos de la Torre, a great Huichol artist. While one of his chaquira (a kind of diminutive, coloured bead) mural enjoys a privileged position at the threshold of the Louvre Museum in Paris, he lives in anonymity at the heart of the Sierra Madre Occidental, in Jalisco.

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Guest Lecture: “Nā Hulu Hiwahiwa o kō Hawaiʻi Pae ʻĀina: The Cherished Ones of Hawaiʻi” by Marques Hanalei Marzan

Lei hulu (feathered lei), 19th century.
August 29, 2015 -

Marques Hanalei Marzan presents lecture  “Nā Hulu Hiwahiwa o kō Hawaiʻi Pae ʻĀina: The Cherished Ones of Hawaiʻi” at the opening celebration of Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Nā Hulu Ali'i.

Marques Hanalei Marzan is a cultural resource specialist from the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Honolulu, and is joined for questions after the lecture by Leah Pualaha‘ole Caldeira, collections manager at the Bishop Museum.

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"Weaving a Colorful History at Levi Strauss & Co., from the Gold Rush to the PPIE and Today", by Tracey Panek

Illustration of seamstresses sewing waist overalls. Image Courtesy of Levi Strauss & Co. Archives
November 7, 2015 -

Join historian Tracey Panek for a colorful journey through the 162-year history of Levi Strauss & Co., a San Francisco native and the originator of the blue jean. Levi Strauss built a small company on the durability of a garment and the company still stands tall today in the heart of San Francisco. One of the original start-ups in the city, Levi Strauss & Co. was a crowd favorite at the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition, featuring the award-winning assembly line as the first to apply this innovative manufacturing process in the apparel industry. During her talk, Ms.

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LECTURE: "Tracing Patterns of Textiles in Ancient Java (8th-15th Century)"

Goddess Parwati, 14th century Java
October 10, 2015 -

From the past to the present, textile art is one of the most important cultural expressions throughout the Indonesian archipelago. There is, however, a virtual absence of physical evidence of textiles prior to the 16th century. But despite this lack of material evidence, a plethora of textile depictions are carved on stone and metal statues as well as temple reliefs. These include images of banners, pillows, throne covers, wall hangings, and clothing; some are embellished with patterns, others blank. Of any carved images, the most prevalent by far falls into the category of clothing.

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