Art Tour


Docent-led tours of Asia Society Texas Center's exhibitions allow visitors to experience art on a personal level, learn about art historical periods and styles, and hear stories associated with the artwork.


Between History and New Horizons:
Photographs of Women, Work And Community in Laos

For most of the over 100 distinct ethnic groups found in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, textile making has long been considered the domain of women. What constitutes women’s labor in a rapidly changing economy and how do women depict their roles in it? Consisting of professional portraits as well as personal photographs, Between History and New Horizons provides an all-too-infrequent glimpse of contemporary Laos, the perspectives of ethnic women, and the transformation of traditional skills into modern livelihoods.

Co-organized with the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, Luang Prabang, Laos, and with the cooperation of PhotoForward.

Weavers’ Stories from Island Southeast Asia

Weavers and batik makers speak for themselves in videos recorded at eight sites in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and East Timor. What motivates them to create new patterns? How do they adjust to changing social and economic situations? A panoply of human emotions and experience emerge from the stories of these remarkable women. The videos are accompanied by newly made textiles created by each of the featured artists.

Weavers’ Stories from Island Southeast Asia was curated by Roy W. Hamilton, Senior Curator of Asian and Pacific Collections at the Fowler Museum at UCLA. Major support was provided by the Henry Luce Foundation and the R.L. Shep Endowment Fund of the Fowler Museum. Additional support was provided by the Asian Cultural Council, the Fowler Museum Textile Council and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts of the Republic of the Philippines.


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For more information, contact Paul Pass, Education Coordinator, at or 713.496.9915.


Education programs at Asia Society Texas Center are made possible by support from The Simmons Foundation. Additional support provided by Asia Society contributors and members.

The Simmons Foundation

Event Details

Sat 01 Feb 2014
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
1370 Southmore Blvd. Houston, TX 77004 713.496.9901
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