Curatorial Lecture Series | Sara Oka: Greatest Hits of the Textile Collection

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    Pidan (Buddhist Hanging). Cambodia, 1880-1910. Silk, twill weave, we…


Curatorial Lecture Series | Sara Oka: Greatest Hits of the Textile Collection


Wednesday Nov 20 04:00 PM


Doris Duke Theatre

About the Lecture:

In 1977, to celebrate its 50th anniversary, the museum held the exhibition A Festival of Fibers: Masterworks of the Textile Collection, curated by Adolph S. Cavallo. Since then, the textile collection has more than doubled in size, and features works from more than 60 countries.

Rather than arranging selected works regionally or chronologically, textile curator Sara Oka juxtaposes textiles of different regions and eras to provide a compelling dialogue in examining textile influences that transcend geographical borders.

Discover how textiles go from guarding one’s loins to proclaiming battle grounds, see the difference between textiles intricately worked by hand and mass produced by machine, and learn how some works are the result of poverty while others are a pure expression of elitism.

Oka loves each piece in the textile collection like its her own child, whether its 18th-century French lace or a wedding cloth from Lombok. You'll find her passion for textiles infectious.

Pictured left: Pidan (Buddhist Hanging). Cambodia, 1880-1910. Silk, twill weave, weft ikat. Gift of The Christensen Fund, 2001 (11116.1).


NOTE: The lecture Southeast Asian Textiles as Art by Michael C. Howard on Nov 20 has been cancelled.

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