Antinopolis: Beyond Life, Beyond Fashion–Shadows of Elegance in the Desert

Antinopolis: Beyond Life, Beyond Fashion–Shadows of Elegance in the Desert, lecture by Maximilien Durand (Musee des Tissus et des Arts Decoratif, Lyons & École du Louvre, Paris), LACMA, September 13, 2014, 9:00–10:15

Textiles and garments excavated from a Roman and Byzantine necropolis in Antinopolis (also known as Antinoë) during the late nineteeth century by the French archaeologist Albert Gayet (1856–1916) will be the focus of this presentation. Objects from Gayet’s 1898 expedition, including complete tunics, coats, cloaks, shirts, veils, and belts were the subject of the exhibition, Antinoé, à la vie, à la mode: Visions d’élégance dans les solitudes, at the Musée des Tissus, Lyon in 2013–14. Maximilien will discuss his research and collaborations with Lyon dyers, weavers, the National Opera House of Lyon, a contemporary photographer, and The Louvre, which resulted in a striking museum presentation of the most remarkable artifacts from Gayet’s excavations.

Maximilien Durand is Director of the Textile Museum and Decorative Arts Museum in Lyon, France.  He is also Professor of Early Christian Archeology and Byzantine Art at the École du Louvre in Paris.  Previously, he was Director of the Preventive Conservation and Restoration Department at Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris.  Maximilien has led many important research projects and has published extensively. He is a member of the Directing Council of the Centre International d’Etude des Textiles Anciens (CIETA).

The lecture is part of a day of plenary sessions at the Textile Society of America’s 2014 Biennial Symposium, which will take place at UCLA and LACMA September 10–14, 2014.

The theme of the Symposium, New Directions: Examining the Past, Creating the Future, explores change and innovation in textiles in the past while looking at the state of the field of textiles, textile study, production and creativity, today and for the future. Where have we been and where are we going? What are the moments that encapsulate change? What are the shifts in direction for cultures, technology, creativity and knowledge? And how do these shifts effect our understanding of textiles?

The program includes two full days of multiple concurrent sessions on the UCLA campus and a full day of plenary sessions at LACMA on Saturday. In addition to the sessions, there will be receptions, special exhibitions, an awards ceremony, and a series of dynamic pre- and post-conference workshops and study tours to local and regional art institutions, collections, and artist studios.


Posted on Aug 13, 2014 in Lectures



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