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Discontinuing Wefts: The Brilliance and Beauty of Anatolian Kilims—The Caroline & H. McCoy Jones Collection

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The Textile Arts Council welcomes Fine Arts Museums Curator Emerita of Textiles Cathryn Cootner. In conjunction with our exhibition The Art of the Anatolian Kilim: Highlights from the McCoy Jones Collection, we are pleased to have Ms. Cootner share her insights and enthusiasm with us. In 1990 she curated the first exhibition to be based on this extraordinary collection, which toured internationally and identified the Fine Arts Museums as a significant source for Central Asian textiles. Since that time, further gifts have enhanced the McCoy Jones Collection, and these extraordinary weavings are deservedly center stage again.

Ms. Cootner will illustrate how these kilims, once used to furnish houses, tents, and mosques, embody the architecture of color. Basic to this function is slit-tapestry's huge capacity for color expression and the special character of each individual shade. The wonderful patterning only emphasizes the compelling interactions between and within colors.

Photo: Kilim, Turkey, Anatolia,18th century. Wool; slit-tapestry weave. The Caroline and H. McCoy Jones Collection. Gift of Caroline McCoy-Jones. 1990.56.6

Ticket Information

Free to Textile Arts Council members, $5 for FAMSF members and students, $10 for non-members. Tickets available only at the door.


Contact Information

Trish Daly
tac@famsf.org