This Monday, April 17th at 6:30 pm – From Kashmir to Paisley: Excerpts from a textile’s journey – A talk with curator Melinda Watt
Monday, April 17 at 6:30 PM
133 W 21 St
Presented by BFA Visual & Critical Studies, this talk will trace the movement of the Paisley motif across the Eurasian continent and through the 19th century, using designs and textiles preserved in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Curator Melinda Watt has been inspired by the Museum’s collections as well as the students, scholars and artists who visit the Met’s Antonio Ratti Textile Center, and she will discuss paisley-patterned textiles from elaborate shawls to the modest printed cottons.
Melinda Watt is a Curator in the department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, and the Supervising Curator of the Antonio Ratti Textile Center. She is responsible for western European textiles and fans, and was a co-curator of Interwoven Globe: the Worldwide Textile Trade, 1550-1800 (2013-14). Previously, she organized English Embroidery from The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1580-1700: ‘Twixt Art and Nature at the Bard Graduate Center; the exhibition catalogue was awarded the Textile Society of America’s annual book award for 2008. She has also organized a number of smaller textile installations at the Metropolitan Museum, and is currently organizing an exhibition and publication highlighting European textiles in the Museum’s collection.