2015: Elena Phipps

Ruth Ketterer Harris Lecture

Global Color: Textiles, Dyes, and Colors in the Interwoven Globe, 16th-18th centuries

Thursday, March 12, 2015
6 – 7 pm, Room 2235 Nancy Nicholas Hall
1300 Linden Drive, Madison

The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection is pleased to host Dr. Elena Phipps, Senior Research Scholar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, as its 2015 Ruth Ketterer Harris Lecturer

Map from Elena Phipps Harris lecture

Elena PhippsThe development of textile dyes was instrumental not only to the evolution of European textiles and fashion trends during the 16th-18th centuries, but also to the establishment of global trade routes and commerce. World-renown textile scholar and conservator, Dr. Elena Phipps, Senior Research Scholar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, will discuss the intersections between the history, technical advancements, cultural traditions and the rise of the global trade of textile dyes throughout the Americas, Asia and India from the 16th to 18th centuries.

About Elena Phipps: Currently a Senior Research Scholar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Dr. Phipps worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for over 34 year as Senior Museum Conservator (1977-2010). She was the co-curator and author of the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition and catalog The Colonial Andes: Tapestries and Silverwork 1430-1830, which received both the Alfred Barr Jr. Award for best exhibition catalog from the College Art Association (2004-2005) and the Mitchell Prize (2006). Her recent publications include Cochineal Red: The Art History of a Color and Looking at Textiles: A Technical Terminology.

Additionally, Phipps co-curated the critically-acclaimed exhibition The Interwoven Globe: The Worldwide Textile Trade, 1500-1800, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2013) and contributed to the exhibition catalog in a chapter entitled, “The Iberian Globe: Textile Traditions and Trade in Latin America.”

New York Times review here


The event is free & open to the public
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About the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection
The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection is primarily a teaching collection serving the Design Studies Department and other academic disciplines on campus, including the Material Culture program. The collection of more than 13,000 artificts is used to learn about textiles from both cultural and artistic perspectives. Portions of the collection are on view year-round in the Lynn Mecklenburg Reading Room and scheduled exhibitions in the Ruth Davis Design Gallery.

About the Ruth Ketterer Harris Lecture
Since 1992, the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection has proudly sponsored an annual lecture series in honor of Ruth Ketterer Harris, the Collection’s first curator. The lecture series has featured a diverse range of specialists with broad public appeal including textile historians, contemporary artists, museum curators, scholars, and collectors ― all of whom have contributed to an enhanced understanding and appreciation of textiles. The Harris Lecture is free and open to the public. Sign up for HLATC’s email list to receive announcements for this and other opportunities. If interested in participating as a speaker for the lecture series, please click here for more information.