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Curator Tour for Members: "Delight in Discovery"

Lyssa Stapleton, curator, Cotsen Collections

Join fellow museum members for a tour of Delight in Discovery: The Global Collections of Lloyd Cotsen with exhibition curator Lyssa Stapleton. A prolific collector, Lloyd Cotsen (1929–2017) assembled thousands of textile fragments, garments, and other artworks that reflected his admiration for indigenous cultures and vanishing artistic traditions. His ultimate goal, however, was to create opportunities for a wider audience to appreciate 3,000 years of human creativity. Celebrating a major gift from Margit Sperling Cotsen and the estate of Lloyd Cotsen, this exhibition brings together global treasures gathered over a lifetime.

After the tour, stop by the Arthur D. Jenkins Library on the fourth floor to browse a selection of books about Lloyd Cotsen and his collections. The library will be open from 12–4 p.m.

About Lyssa Stapleton

Lyssa C. Stapleton is the consulting curator for the Cotsen Textile Traces Study Collection and has been curator of the Cotsen Textile Collection for over 20 years. Stapleton has organized a number of exhibitions focusing on textiles and basketry, most recently the traveling exhibition The Box Project: Uncommon Threads, and Bamboo at the Craft Contemporary in Los Angeles. She holds a doctorate in archaeology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and is the primary investigator for woven materials for the Arpa River Valley (Areni-1 Cave) Archaeological Project in Armenia. Stapleton is currently working towards the promotion of textile analysis for building a better understanding of cultural exchange, production technologies, and historical narratives.

How to Register

This tour is free for all museum members, but registration is required. Register online or call Danielle Tyson at 202-994-5242. You can also join or renew a membership online.