MacKenzie Moon Ryan

Research & Publications

Articles and Essays

Ryan, MacKenzie Moon. "Women in Fashion and Textiles." In The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of African History. Oxford University Press. Article published 7/1/20.

 Ryan, MacKenzie Moon. “The Art of the Trade: Merchant and Production Networks of Kanga Cloth in the Colonial Era.” In World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean, edited by Prita Meier and Allyson Purpura, 289-309. Champaign, IL: Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018. Scholarly Exhibition Catalogue, distributed by University of Washington Press.

                                Exhibition on view at Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 31 Aug 2017 – 24 Mar 2018

                                Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, 9 May – 3 Sep 2018

                                Fowler Museum, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) 21 Oct 2018 – 10 Feb 2019

Ryan, MacKenzie Moon. “Converging Trades and New Technologies: The Emergence of Kanga Textiles on the Swahili Coast in the late nineteenth century.” In Textile Trades, Consumer Cultures, and the Material Worlds of the Indian Ocean: An Ocean of Cloth, edited by Pedro Machado, Gwyn Campbell and Sarah Fee, 253-286. Palgrave Series in Indian Ocean World Studies. London: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2018.

Ryan, MacKenzie Moon. “A Decade of Design: The Global Invention of the Kanga, 1876-1886.” Textile History. Special issue “Entangled Histories: Translocal Textile Trades in Eastern Africa, c. 1100 to the early twentieth century,” edited by Sarah Fee and Pedro Machado. Vol. 48, No. 1 (spring 2017): 101-32. Distributed by Taylor & Francis.

Ryan, MacKenzie Moon. “Kanga Textile Design, Education, and Production in contemporary Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.” Textile Society of America Symposium Proceedings, 424-33. Crosscurrents: Land, Labor, and the Port. Textile Society of America's 15th Biennial Symposium, Savannah, GA, October 19-23,  2016. Open-access publication; University of Lincoln Digital Commons, 2016:

Ryan, MacKenzie Moon.  “The Emergence of the Kanga: A Distinctly East African Textile.” In Africa Interweave: Textile Diasporas, edited by Susan 
                        Cooksey, 128-31. Gainesville, FL: Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, 2011.
                                                        Exhibition on view at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, Florida, 8 Feb – 8 May 2011

                               Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire, 28 Sept 2013 – 12 Jan 2014

Curatorial Projects

Curator, African Apparel: Threaded Transformations across the 20th centuryCornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida, 18 January - 17 May 2020

                    Morgan Snoap '20 and Cristina Toppin '19, Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Scholarship Project, summers 2018 & 2019

                    Exhibition of 71 African textiles, items of clothing, headwear, and jewelry primarily lent by William D. and Norma Canelas Roth '65

                    Accompanying scholarly catalogue published by Scala Arts Publishers, Inc., 2020 and available for purchase at CFAM or Amazon.

Consultant, Social Fabric: African Textiles TodayThe British Museum, London, United Kingdom, 14 February – 21 April 2013

                  Donated six kanga cloth sketches, 2012,2026.1-6, designed by K.G. Peera, aka Miwani Mdogo, ca. 1960s

                  collected Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 2011, associated with C. Itoh & Co., Japanese merchant-converter firm

Sketch 2012,2026.1 and research featured in exhibition and illustrated in publication,

African Textiles Today, by Chris Spring (London: The British Museum Press, 2012), 128

                  Subsequently on view: William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow, 20 Feb – 29 May 2016

                  Ipswich Museum, Ipswich 19 Sep 2015 – 22 Jan 2016

                  Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, Exeter, 26 May – 6 Sep 2015 

                  Powell-Cotton Museum, Birchington-on-Sea, Kent, 14 Feb – 17 May 2015


Consultant, Africa Interweave: Textile DiasporasSamuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 8 February – 8 May 2011

                  Donated six kanga textiles, 2012.38.1-6, collected Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 2010 

                  Kanga 2012.38.6 and research featured in exhibition and illustrated in catalogue,

                  Africa Interweave: Textile Diasporas, edited by Susan Cooksey (Gainesville, FL: University of Florida, 2011), 128

                  Subsequently on view: Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH, 28 September 2013 – 12 January 2014


Ryan, MacKenzie Moon. Symposium panel: “Trade in Cotton and Manufactured Cloth from Europe, to Africa, to North America,” Textile Society of America (TSA) 15th Biennial Symposium, Crosscurrents: Land, Labor and the Port, Savannah, GA, 28, no. 2 (2016): 23.

Ryan, MacKenzie Moon. Exhibition: Kabas and Couture: Contemporary Ghanaian Fashion, Harn Museum of Art. African Arts. 49, no. 2 (2016): 86-9.

Ryan, MacKenzie Moon. Book: The Politics of Dress in Somali Culture, by Heather Marie Akou. Museum Anthropology Review. 9, no. 2 (2015): 183-5.

Moon, MacKenzie, Eugenia S. Martinez, Courtnay Micots, and Amy Schwartzott. Symposium: “Global Africa: Through the Lens of Visual Culture, Fourteenth Triennial Symposium on African Art.” African Arts 41, no. 1 (Spring 2008): 8-11.

Moon, MacKenzie, and Robin Poynor. Exhibition: Resonance and Inspiration: New Works by Magdalene Odundo, Harn Museum of Art. African Arts 40, no. 2 (Summer 2007): 86-7.

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