From the past to the present, textile art is one of the most important cultural expressions throughout the Indonesian archipelago. There is, however, a virtual absence of physical evidence of textiles prior to the 16th century. But despite this lack of material evidence, a plethora of textile depictions are carved on stone and metal statues as well as temple reliefs. These include images of banners, pillows, throne covers, wall hangings, and clothing; some are embellished with patterns, others blank. Of any carved images, the most prevalent by far falls into the category of clothing.
Lee Bruno is a journalist and author. A book signing will follow the lecture.
Colleen Terry is assistant curator for the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Emily Jennings is manager of School and Teacher Programs at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
A fascinating guide to the iconography—symbols, attributes, and allegories—that artists have used to identify their subjects, illustrate stories, and communicate deeper meanings.
Explore the distinctive art, culture, and history of Hawai‘i with the first exhibition of Hawaiian featherwork on the US mainland, developed in partnership with the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Honolulu.
Gillian Forrester is senior curator of prints and drawings at the Yale Center for British Art and works on 18th-, 19th-, 20th- and 21st-century visual cultures of Britain and the former British Empire. Her publications include Turner’s Drawing Book: The Liber Studiorum (Tate, London, 1996) and Rebecca Salter: Into the Light of Things (Yale University Press, 2011).
Presented in collaboration with the Dedalus Foundation in New York and mounted in celebration of the centennial of the artist’s birth, the exhibition Between Life and Death: Robert Motherwell’s Elegies in Bay Area Collections will present thirteen works by the pioneering Abstract Expressionist Robert Motherwell (1915–1991) from his seminal series Elegies to the Spanish Republic, and will be on view at the de Young Museum from September 5, 2015–March 6,