Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising at Colorado State Celebrates with Special Exhibition
A richly textured and colorful slice of history will be celebrated with the opening of the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising at Colorado State University on Thursday, April 9, at the University Center for the Arts. The newly renamed museum is home to a collection of 12,000 artifacts including historic clothing, lace, textiles, accessories and chairs. A selection of objects representing textiles from around the world spanning more than 100 years of history will be on exhibition to celebrate the opening. The inaugural exhibition, Window to the World, will open with a free public reception from 7-9 p.m., April 9 at the museum's new location in the University Center for the Arts at 1400 Remington in Room 115. The exhibit will run through Sept. 1. Window to the World features a representative sampling of the museum's artifacts from around the world, including Central Asian clothing, richly embroidered and embellished garments from China and Japan, late 19th century American quilts, apparel and textiles from India and 19th century fashionable dress. The grand opening will honor the Avenir Foundation's gift of $1.25 million to rename the museum. The gift established the Avenir gallery, museum storage and conservation laboratory as well as endowment funds for exhibitions, the curator and continued conservation of the collection.
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