We’ve now had a week to digest the photos, the fashion, and the inevitable memes of Met Gala 2018. Hopefully a week has been enough time to take in the weird, wonderful, and worshipful experience that was this year’s annual fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute. Each year the gala’s theme is based on the Institute’s summer exhibition, and on 10 May Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination opened at both the Met’s 5th Avenue and Cloisters locations. Kim Kardashian was compared to a Eucharist chalice, haloes abounded, and ‘Rihanna going full pope’ is now a phrase.
Nearness | Rift: Art and Time in the Textiles of Medieval Britain will gather a multidisciplinary group of scholars to address a range of historiographical and methodological problems implicit in the study of textiles, and to discuss new case studies from medieval Britain.
The colloquium will take place during the morning and afternoon of April 16, 2016 in Cochrane-Woods 157 on the University of Chicago campus. (Please enter the building through the north doors rather than through the Smart Museum courtyard.)
9:30 – 10:00 AM: Coffee.
10:00 – 10:15 AM: Introduction by Luke A. Fidler (Doctoral Student, Department of Art History, University of Chicago).
10:15 – 11:15 AM: Keynote lecture by Thomas E. A. Dale (Professor of Art History, University of Wisconsin-Madison): “Materiality, Metaphor and the Senses: Elite Textile Cultures of Medieval England in their Global Contexts.”
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM: Valerie Garver (Associate Professor of History, Northern Illinois University): “Garments as Means of Communication Between Anglo-Saxon England and the Carolingian World.”
Respondent: Tristan Sharp (Doctoral Student, Department of History, University of Chicago).
12:15 – 1:30 PM: Lunch.
1:30 – 2:15 PM: Christina Normore (Assistant Professor of Art History, Northwestern University): “The Outlier as Exemplar: The ‘Bayeux Tapestry’ in English Textile History.”
Respondent: Carly B. Boxer (Doctoral Student, Department of Art History, University of Chicago).
2:30 – 3:15 PM: Claire Jenson (Doctoral Candidate, Department of Art History, University of Chicago): “Exeter’s Vesture: John Grandisson on Vestments in the Liturgy.”
Respondent: Karin Krause (Assistant Professor of Byzantine Theology and Visual Culture, University of Chicago).
3:15 – 3:30 PM: Coffee.
3:45 – 4:15 PM: Nancy Feldman (Lecturer in Art History, Theory, and Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago): “Cultural Politics and the Term Opus Anglicanum in Late Medieval England.”
Respondent: Julie Orlemanski (Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature, University of Chicago).
4:15 – 5:00 PM: Closing remarks by Aden Kumler (Associate Professor of Art History, University of Chicago) and final discussion.
In the course of the later middle ages, embroiderers in England produced some of the masterpieces of the age. Incredibly detailed and painstakingly created their work was sumptuous and expensive. Often created as church vestments and commissioned by both ecclesiastical and secular patrons, the base textiles were embellished with gold and silver thread, a myriad of coloured silks, pearls and jewels. In advance of an exhibition devoted to this subject matter, and due to open at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2016, the BAA Study Day will examine some of the surviving treasures of Opus Anglicanum in store and on display at the Museum. The day will begin at The Clothworkers Centre for the Study and Conservation of Textiles and Fashion at Blythe House (Kensington Olympia) and will continue in the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries at South Kensington.
Thursday, 26 November 2015
10.00am Welcome and coffee
10.30am Intro of pieces on show (Glyn Davies)
11am Techniques of making
11.30am Close looking and discussion
12.30am Lunch (independent – South Kensington)
2.00pm Reconvene at the V&A
2.15pm Embroidery displays in the Medieval & Renaissance Galleries (Glyn Davies leading)
3.15pm. Collecting Opus Anglicanum in post-Reformation and Victorian England (Emma Rogers)
4.15pm End/Tea in the Café
The cost of the day will be £20 for members. The event is free for students, for whom travel grants (to a maximum of £50) are also available.
Places are limited to 20, of which up to 10 are reserved for students.
To apply please e-mail Lloyd de Beer – firstname.lastname@example.org – by Thursday 12th November – either enclosing a cheque for £20 payable to the ‘British Archaeological Association’ or stating that you are a student. In the event that a greater number of applications are received than there are places available a ballot will be held. Successful candidates will be contacted by email on Monday 16th November.