Pocketbook Anthropology: A Treasure of Handbags

May 15 - July 26, 2009

May 15 - June 20


Pocketbook Anthropology: A Treasure of Handbags  showcases more than 50 purses, dating from 1880 to the present day. Status, glamour, whimsy…the kind of purse a woman carries makes a statement.  This quintessential feminine article is often a woman’s most indispensable and best-loved possession. Explore the cultural utility and meaning of purses in this sophisticated and quirky exhibit. Sponsored by Canton Fine Arts Associates and Volunteer Angels.

Susan Romaine, This Bag is Not a Toy, 2002, silk-screened fabric, Plexiglas, metal, 7 3/8 x 5 7/8 x 3 inches; courtesy Kiara Balish and ExhibitsUSA


Fashion Finds: Highlights from the Textile Collection of the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum. The 20th century is history! Fashion Finds features iconic dress styles that will surely bring back fond memories of past fads and fashions from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. 


May 15 – July 26


I Am Fashion: Haute Couture Handbags, features the diverse collection of Patricia Zinsmeister Parker, from vintage to contemporary styles that blur the line between design and function.


 The Shape of Fashion: Hats and Handbags, crocheted and knitted original designs s by Andrea Stern and Barbara Rosenberg.


Andrea Stern, Is That You Mr. Dean?, 2006
Crochet, soy silk, alien, beads – 6 x 6 x