Opening Reception: Points of Departure

  • September 19, 2019
  • Nancy Nicholas Hall
  • Downtown
  • 1300 Linden Drive
  • Madison, WI 53706
  • Phone: (608) 890-3970

The Ruth Davis Design Gallery, as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection (HLATC), is pleased to present Points of Departure: Inspirations from the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection. An opening reception will be held Thursday, September 19, from 5:00 p.m. –7:00 p.m.

David Newell, former director of exhibitions and outreach for the Gallery, with the assistance of three other directors emeriti, invited sixteen artists from Madison and beyond to enjoy special access to the Collection. They used it for research, study, and inspiration, and then created pieces based on their findings, exclusively for the show. Points of Departure will feature these new works alongside their respective inspirational sources.

Participating artist Nirmal Raja, of Milwaukee, found the experience especially fruitful: “I am always eager to look at history and historical or vintage artifacts and make them meaningful to the current moment. The invitation to investigate the Textile Collection triggered an idea that demanded extensive research and work. My project has since grown into a major recent work in my portfolio.”

Newell noted of the exhibition, “It truly highlights the Collection’s amazing capacity to inspire and stimulate, while also serving as an unparalleled reference resource for the university.”

  • Times: 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM