Gallery Talks

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Thursdays at 12 PM

On Thursdays at 12:30 p.m., join docents and museum staff for interactive talks that focus on textile artworks on display.

Upcoming Programs

Gallery Talk: Chair Coverings from the Qing Dynasty

Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 12:30pm

Discover two exquisite chair covers from imperial China. These textiles were extremely costly and reserved for special occasions.

Gallery Talk: Fragments of an 11th Century Egyptian Textile

Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 12:30pm

Dumbarton Oaks Fellow Ilgin Nas will unlock the meaning behind designs in an early Islamic textile fragment.

Gallery Talk: Carol Cassidy and Laotian Weavings

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 12:30pm

Our docents will explore Laotian weaving through the traditional skirts of the Lue people, as well as contemporary reinterpretations.

Gallery Talk: Silk Skirts of Burma

Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 12:30pm

Discover what wealthy and fashionable Bamar women wore for special occasions in 19th-century Burma (present-day Myanmar).

Gallery Talk: Fakes and Forgeries in Textile Fragments

Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 12:30pm

This week, visit "Delight in Discovery: The Global Collections of Lloyd Cotsen" with Jenna Campolieto and see if you can identify which fragments are forgeries or fakes.

Gallery Talk: Selections from "Delight in Discovery: The Global Collections of Lloyd Cotsen"

Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 12:30pm

This week, Academic Coordinator Marie-Eve Celio will show you highlights from the Cotsen Textile Traces Study Collection of fragments dating from antiquity to the present day.

Gallery Talk: Lia Cook’s “Attitude”

Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 12:30pm

This week, Curator of Contemporary Art Caroline Kipp will introduce you to the work of American fiber artist Lia Cook through her 1999 piece "Attitude."