Lee Talbot joined The Textile Museum as a curator in 2007. He specializes in East Asian textile history. He is also a lecturer with GW’s Art History Program.
Most recently, Talbot curated the exhibition Vanishing Traditions: Textiles and Treasures from Southwest China. He was also co-curator of exhibitions including Bingata! Only in Okinawa; Stories of Migration: Contemporary Artists Interpret Diaspora; China: Through the Lens of John Thomson (1868–1872); and Unraveling Identity: Our Textiles, Our Stories. His publications include exhibition catalogues, articles, and the chapters on Chinese and Korean decorative arts in History of Design: Decorative Arts and Material Culture, 1400–2000.
Talbot was previously curator at the Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum in Seoul, Korea. He graduated from Rhodes College with a bachelor’s degree, and holds a MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a master’s from Bard Graduate Center. He is completing his doctoral dissertation on Korean textiles and costume history at Bard. He serves on the board of Textile Society of America and the editorial board of Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture.