I love Kent State, however. And here is why: The Kent State University Museum. It is the only reason I can see for wanting to visit, let alone live in, Ohio. (Please send all hate mail regarding the blatant slander of the state of Ohio to: 1234 University of Michigan Drive, Ann Arbor MI 12345. Go Blue!)
The Kent State Museum has an astonishing array of textiles and clothing. A-ston-uh-shing. There are many a book and CD collection dedicated to it (none of which I own). They don't have a searchable image database (as far as I can tell), but they do put up some images of their exhibitions. They did a particularly thorough job with their recent "The Art of the Embroiderer" exhibit, which was on view for over a year. I seriously considered going to Ohio for the sole purpose of seeing this exhibit in person. Then I recovered my senses.
I will warn you: the large number of online images could be due to the fact that this exhibit only just came down. I’d get a gander while you can, because once their new exhibit goes up, these images may be gone. And what images they are. Here’s a tiny fraction of a sampling:
The website also has images from some of their other exhibits, both past and present. For example, this lovely little series is a part of the "Mood Indigo" page.
And of course, any place that has the genius to create an exhibit by combining E.S. Curtis photographs and shoes is just about perfect in my book.
Oh yeah and the website also has a bunch of you know words and stuff and I suppose you could read all about these exhibits and their intentions and meanings and value to society and whatnot. If you like that kind of thing.