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Museum of Fine Art, Houston to Display the Ann Dunham Collection of Batik

From Press Release

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Washington, D.C., the family of President Obama’s sister, Maya Soetoro Ng, and the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Houston are pleased to present an installation of 30 traditional Indonesian batik textiles, from the private collections of President Obama’s late mother, Ann Dunham, and Houston-based batik collector Ita McCutchen. The Ann Dunham Collection of Batik: Indonesian Identity and Artistic Tradition will be on display at the MFAH Wednesday, July 1, through Sunday, July 5, 2009, only, as the first of only two museums featured on the national tour. Additional venues include the Indonesian Consulates of New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Following the installation at the MFAH, the batiks will travel to the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C.

To celebrate the arrival of The Ann Dunham Collection of Batik in Houston, an evening of special activities is planned for opening night. Invitation-only guests will preview the installation and attend a fashion show of wearable batiks from local collections, modeled by the Indonesian Consulate’s Association of Indonesian Ladies. Dr. Peter Marzio, Director of the MFAH, and the Indonesian Ambassador to the U.S., H.E. Mr. Sudjadnan Parnohadiningrat, will make welcoming remarks. Open to the public on the following day, the MFAH will offer three consecutive sessions of expert-led demonstrations on batik processes that the whole family can enjoy, beginning at 4:30 p.m., and repeated at 6 and 7:30 p.m., in the Audrey Jones Beck Building of the MFAH .

This exhibit opens to the public on Thursday, July 2, and runs through Sunday, July 5, 2009. Regular museum admission applys.

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