New exhibit goes on display at HMA

February 20, 2019
Pictured is a prayer rug, circa 1875. Wool, 69 x 36 in.; Turkoman, Ersari. Gift of Herbert Fitzpatrick, 1952.103.

HUNTINGTON — A new exhibit titled Patterns of Inspiration will be in the spotlight during the February Tuesday Tour at the Huntington Museum of Art at 7 p.m. Feb. 26. This is a Macy’s Free Tuesday event.

Patterns of Inspiration will be on view at the Huntington Museum of Art from Feb. 23 through April 7. This exhibit is created from the permanent collection of the Huntington Museum of Art.

Accompanying the group of prints, paintings and photographs in the exhibition will be a selection of Islamic prayer rugs from the museum’s collection. These rugs were among the featured works in the museum’s collection when it opened in 1952, a gift from museum founder Herbert Fitzpatrick. This gift includes many fine examples from Turkey and the adjoining regions of the Caucasus, along with a small selection of Turkoman tribal rugs.

This exhibit will include five aquatints by artist Katja Oxman, who pictures patterned textiles underneath collections of personal objects such as postcards, pet birds, houseplants, bowls of fruit, watches, books and feathers. Her recent gifts to HMA will be shown for the first time in this exhibition. It’s presented with support from The Isabelle Gwynn and Robert Daine Exhibition Endowment.

This program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

For more information on events at the Huntington Museum of Art, visit www.hmoa.org or call 304-529-2701. HMA is fully accessible.