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 [forthcoming]. doi:10.1093/acrefore/978090277734.013.ORE_AFH-00495.R2

 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

Guest 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

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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