Courses & Workshops/Mar 23, 2017

Textiles Close Up: Woven Interiors

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Textiles Close Up: Woven Interiors: Late Antique Textiles in DC Collections, The Textile Museum at George Washington University and Dumbarton Oaks, April 28, 2017

Join the Textile Society of America for the rare opportunity to study textiles from the late Roman, Byzantine, and early Islamic world in two Washington, DC collections: The Textile Museum and Dumbarton Oaks. This curator-led program will take participants into the storage rooms of these two institutions for a behind-the-scenes look at preparations for their collaborative exhibition. Featuring furnishing textiles created in the Eastern Mediterranean region from the fourth through twelfth centuries, the exhibition is scheduled to open in 2019.

Sumru Belger Krody is Senior Curator at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum. Her research interest is late antique and Islamic textiles with special focus on influence of textile techniques and structures on artistic, social and economic power of textiles. She has worked in curatorial capacity for more than fifteen The Textile Museum exhibitions. Over the years she has authored and co-authored four books written to accompany some of her major exhibitions: The Sultan’s Garden: the Blossoming of Ottoman Art (2012), Colors of the Oasis: Central Asian Ikats (2010), Harpies, Mermaids, and Tulips: Embroidery of the Greek Islands and Epirus Region (2006) and Flowers of Silk and Gold: Four Centuries of Ottoman Embroidery (2000).

Sumru was co-chair of the organizing committee for The 13th Biennial Textile Society of America Symposium (September 2012, Washington, DC). She has also served on the board of Textile Society of America.

Lee Talbot is Curator of Eastern Hemisphere Collections at The Textile Museum in Washington, D.C., where he specializes in East Asian textile history. Before joining The Textile Museum staff, he spent two and a half years as curator at the ChungYoung Yang Embroidery Museum at Sookmyung Women’s University in Seoul, Korea. His recent exhibitions include Bingata! Only in Okinawa (2016), Stories of Migration: Contemporary Artists Interpret Diaspora (2016) and China: Through the Lens of John Thomson (2015). Publications include chapters on China and Korea in History of Design: Decorative Arts and Material Culture, 1400-2000 (Bard Graduate Center/Yale University Press, 2013), Threads of Heaven: Textiles in East Asian Ritual and Ceremony (Sookmyung Women’s University Press, 2006), and articles on various aspects of decorative art and design history.

Lee is a Director at Large of the Textile Society of America.

Textile Society of America Member Rate: $125
Nonmember Rate: $145
Student and New Professional Member Rate: $45