Stories of Syria’s Textiles: Art and Heritage across Two Millennia
In the main galleries and the Spot gallery
Stories of Syria’s Textiles: Art and Heritage across Two Millennia offers a fresh and compelling perspective on Syria’s rich cultural heritage through it’s textile production from antiquity to the present. The exhibition features new scholarship and draws upon the knowledge of Syrian silk producers, weavers, and other artisans. Twelve years after the conflict in Syria began in 2011, Stories of Syria’s Textiles also underscores ongoing efforts to document, preserve, and revitalize Syrian textile heritage.
This exhibition and its accompanying catalogue were realized with generous funding from the Coby Foundation and the Nazmiyal Collection. Additional support has been provided by the Barakat Trust, the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz, and the Director’s Circle of the Katonah Museum of Art: Mike Davies, Isabelle Harnoncourt Feigen, Vida Foubister, Nisa Geller, Virginia L. Gold, Linda Nordberg, Amy Parsons, Yvonne S. Pollack, Rochelle C. Rosenberg, Rebecca Samberg, and Richard and Audrey Zinman.
Rhonda Kalifeh: Immortal Stitch
In the Pollack Family Learning Center
Experience a unique immersive environment and experiment with various textile arts activities in the Pollack Family Learning Center. Immortal Stitch grapples with shifting notions of identity and loss of place. Using a combination of repurposed Aghabani tablecloths and hand-dyed silk and wool, Rhonda Kalifeh’s installation explores material heritage and her past and present relationship with Syrian craft. Kalifeh is a Syrian-American artist, dyer, and print designer based in New York.
Credit: Man’s abaya (cloak), from Aleppo or Damascus, late 19th–early 20th century. Silk, cotton, and metal-wrapped thread; slit-tapestry weave; plain weave, moiré; satin weave; embroidered, 49 ½ × 57 in. (125.7 x 147.3cm). New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Alan L. Wolfe, 1956, C.I.56.6.8. Photo: Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art / Art Resource, N.Y. © The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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The Katonah Museum of Art is a non-collecting institution geared towards visual arts, located in Katonah, New York. The Museum presents changing exhibitions that cross a spectrum of artistic disciplines, cultures, and historical periods. Housed in an elegant building designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes, and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Katonah Museum of Art originates three to four major exhibitions annually.
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From the beginning, the KMA was committed to presenting exceptional art from all cultures and time periods. The founders’ decision to be a non-collecting institution resulted in a dynamic and flexible exhibition program, which remains one of the most distinctive features of the Museum. The KMA offers lectures, films, workshops, concerts and other events for a general audience; and presents innovative and substantive programs for nearly 100 member schools and community organizations. The Museum's outreach programs for the local Latino immigrant population are at the forefront of community-based education programs.
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