Cotsen Textile Traces Global Roundtable: Lacing Around the World and Across Time

Detail of lace with floral and cupid motifs
Lace fragment (detail), Italy, 17th century. Cotsen Textile Traces Study Collection T-0703. Photo by Bruce M. White Photography.

 

This year's roundtable explores the rich traditions of lacemaking through examples from the Cotsen Textile Traces Study Collection. International scholars, artists and designers will present multiple dimensions of the global art, from its history and globalization to innovations, fashion and artistic creativity.

This program is a partnership with Bard Graduate Center, New York, and Textilmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland, and is supported through the Cotsen Textile Traces Study Collection Endowment.

About the Collection

The Cotsen Textile Traces Study Collection represents a lifetime of collecting by business leader and philanthropist Lloyd Cotsen (1929-2017). Comprised of nearly 4,000 fragments from all over the world, the collection offers insights into human creativity from antiquity to the present. Cornerstones of the collection include fragments from Japan, China, pre-Hispanic Peru and 16th- to 18th-century Europe. The entire collection is available online.

Wednesday October 12: Situating Lace: Traditions and Transmission


10-10:30 a.m.
Introduction
Lori Kartchner, curator of education, The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, Washington D.C.
John Wetenhall, director, The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, Washington D.C.
Emma Cormack, associate curator, Bard Graduate Center, New York
Marie-Eve Celio-Scheurer, art historian, former academic coordinator, Cotsen Textile Traces Study Center, The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, Washington D.C.


Panel 1: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Needle Lace, Bobbin Lace: Traditions and Transmissions
Diana Greenwold, Lunder Curator of American Art, National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
Cecilia Gunzburger, lecturer, decorative arts and design history, the George Washington University and Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
Sarah Besson Coppotelli, head of collections, Musée et château de Valangin, Switzerland

Panel 2: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  
Mimicking Lace
Sumru Krody, senior curator, The Textile Museum Collection, The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, Washington D.C.
Vaishnavi Kambadur, assistant curator, Museum of Art & Photography (MAP), Bengaluru, India
Melinda Watt, Chair and Christa C. Mayer Thurman Curator, Textiles Department, Art Institute of Chicago

Thursday, October 13: Exploring Global Traditions and Industrial Innovations in Contemporary Creativity

10-10:30 a.m.
Keynote Opening
Emma Cormack, associate curator, Bard Graduate Center, New York
Ilona Kos, curator, Textilmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland
Michele Majer, professor emerita, Bard Graduate Center, New York

Panel 3: 10:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
Handmade Lace Today
Marie-Eve Celio-Scheurer, art historian, former academic coordinator, Cotsen Textile Traces Study Center, The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, Washington D.C.
Elena Kanagy-Loux, collections specialist, Antonio Ratti Textile Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Nidhi Garg Allen, founder and CEO, Marasim, New York/India

Panel 4: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  
Industrial Innovations
Elena Kanagy-Loux, collections specialist, Antonio Ratti Textile Center, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Jérémy Gobé, artist, founder, Corail Artefact, France
Rose-Lynn Fisher, artist, United States

12:30 p.m.
Closure

How to Participate

To join us for the roundtable, please register early to reserve your space. Once you have registered, we will email you links and details for joining each day of the roundtable on Zoom. We will also email registered participants a full program with a detailed schedule.