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Nine Years of Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

8.20.2014

Traces of the Past

[Central Anatolian village carpet, LACMA. Composite ultraviolet reflectance photograph documented by Yosi Pozeilov and published in Hali, winter 2007.]

Several years ago we looked at X-rays, not of skeletal systems but of things: upholstered furniture belonging to the National Trust and an Anatolian carpet from LACMA's collection. In some ways, these intriguing images were as compelling as the objects themselves. 


Along slightly similar lines, I think, LACMA is currently inviting visitors to look at an entire group of textiles from an unusual angle. Fragmentary Tales: Selections from the Lloyd Cotsen "Textile Traces" Collection, on view through October 26, is an exhibition that shows how remnants of cloth have their own particular allure and tell stories, too. In this video, LACMA CEO and director Michael Govan explains how textile fragments can serve as a sort of index to the whole Museum.

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