Behind the Scenes: Ann Dunham Textiles Exhibit at the St. Louis Artists' Guild
Guests and diplomats at "Enchanting Indonesia," gala dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C., August 8, 2009. The dinner celebrated the opening of “A Lady Found a Culture in its Cloth: Barack Obama’s Mother and Indonesian Batiks,” at D.C.'s Textile Museum; The event was co-hosted by the Ambassador of Indonesian to the U.S.A. H.E. Sudjadnan Parnohadiningrat and the Chairman of Investment Coordinating Board of Indonesia Mr. Muhammad Lutfi, with President Obama’s
little sister Mrs. Maya Soetoro-Ng and family as guests of honor. Representatives of the St. Louis Artists' Guild, including president Davide Weaver and his wife Gina, Guild Board Member Harry Lim, and local artist Gina Alvarez were at the dinner to advocate for bringing the exhibit to St. Louis. They were successful, and on October 1, the exhibit opened at the Artists' Guild as part of "Innovations in Textiles,", St. Louis' citywide, biannual textiles exhibition, and included both Dr. Ann Dunham's batiks as well as pieces from the collection of Indonesian First Lady Mdm. Ani Yudhoyono. This was the last of only seven stops for this show, including Chicago, L.A., San Francisco, Houston, New York City, Albany and D.C.