The Seventh R.L. Shep Triennial Symposium on Textiles and Dress
On Saturday 11 May 2019, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) will present a one-day symposium exploring Central Asian ikat textiles, the evolution of pattern design within a cultural context, and its production from the 19th-century through to the present day. The Seventh R.L. Shep Triennial Symposium on Textiles and Dress will be held in conjunction with the exhibition ‘Power of Pattern: Central Asian Ikats from the David and Elizabeth Reisbord Collection’, on view in the Resnick Pavilion at LACMA until 11 August 2019.
Lecture titles and speakers at the Seventh R.L. Shep Triennial Symposium on Textiles and Dress will include: ‘All of a Piece: Ikat and the Central Asian Aesthetic,’ Andrew Hale, Director of Anahita Gallery; ‘Beauty and Purpose: Central Asian Ikat Garments,’ Sumru Belger Krody, Senior Curator of The Textile Museum; ‘Ikat and Politics, Ikat and Creativity: Uzbek Textiles in the Soviet and Post-Soviet Periods,’ Irina Bogoslovskaya, Independent Scholar (Samarkand and Tashkent, Uzbekistan); and ‘Wearing the World: A Look Inside Central Asian Ikat Robes’, Annie Carlano, Senior Curator of Craft, Design, and Fashion at The Mint Museum. Also participating will be David Reisbord, in conversation with Clarissa M. Esguerra, LACMA’s Associate Curator of Costume and Textiles, on the subject of ‘A Collector’s Eye’.
‘Power of Pattern’ features more than 60 Central Asian silk ikat robes and panels drawn exclusively from a visually dynamic collection that has just been generously gifted to LACMA. The donors are local textile collectors David and Elizabeth Reisbord, who are a familiar sight at many a textile art event, resplendently clad in ikat coats and robes from their fine collection. Curated by LACMA’s associate curator of costume and textiles Clarissa M. Esguerra, the display is organised by motif and examines how, in the 19th and early 20th-centuries, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan’s urban and village designers, dyers and weavers used improvisation and abstraction to create their characteristic colourful, eye-dazzling textiles.