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Textile Museum opens last exhibit in historic home

Friday - 4/12/2013, 2:21am  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Textile Museum is opening its last exhibition at its historic home in Washington's Dupont Circle neighborhood with a show focused on the textiles of Southeast Asia.

The exhibit opening Friday, entitled "Out of Southeast Asia: Art that Sustains," includes 17 historical pieces with the works of more contemporary artists. The exhibit centers on Indonesia and Laos and looks at how longtime art forms are carried on by future generations.

The museum is preparing to move to the new George Washington University Museum next year.

On Wednesday, the university appointed John Wetenhall as the new director of the Textile Museum and the George Washington University Museum. He previously served in executive roles at the Carnegie Museums in Pittsburgh and at art museums in Florida and Tennessee.

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