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Music & textiles exhibit opening and performance, Friday, September 23, 2022

Please join our Music Library colleagues Caitlin Mathes and Bill Cowdery for a musical performance to mark the opening of the exhibit “Songs to Leave You in Stitches”!

Songs to Leave You in Stitches

A short musical performance of songs from the ILGWU musical Pins & Needles

Friday, September 23

5:15 p.m.

Music Library, 316 Lincoln Hall

The International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union produced the hit musical Pins and Needles, which ran on Broadway from 1937-1940. For the topical skits spoofing current events, workers moved from their sewing machines on the factory floor to the theatrical stage. “Songs to Leave You in Stitches: The Story of the ILGWU’s Musical Pins & Needles” explores the history, social context, and music of this important labor musical.

On opening night, join curator Caitlin Mathes and fellow Music Library staff member Bill Cowdery as they introduce the exhibit and perform four songs from the musical.

“Songs to Leave You in Stitches” is the first of three “Fashioning Music” exhibits affiliated with Threads of History: Textiles at Cornell, a series of exhibits organized by Cornell University Library in honor of the acquisition of the library and archives of the former American Textile History Museum, whose mission had been to “tell America’s stories through textiles.” Highlighting materials from the former American Textile History Museum, existing items from Cornell’s collections, and original artwork, Threads of History honors the storytelling, history, and artistry of textiles and those who labor to create them.