2018: Marina Moskowitz

Ruth Ketterer Harris Lecture

Thursday, November 1, 2018
7 – 8 pm, Room 2235 Nancy Nicholas Hall
1300 Linden Drive, Madison

Professor Marina MoskowitzThe Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection is pleased to host Prof. Marina Moskowitz as its 2018 Ruth Ketterer Harris Lecturer. Prof. Marina Moskowitz is the Lynn and Gary Mecklenburg Chair in Textiles, Material Culture, and Design in the School of Human Ecology. She has published and edited works on American material culture of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and is currently co-editor of the journal Textile History.


Gossips, Garlands, and Thirty-Four Cows:
The Modern Folk Aesthetic of the Folly Cove Textile Designs

During the 1940s through 1960s, in the small community of Folly Cove in Gloucester, Massachusetts, a network of artists and designers produced block-printed textiles for the mid-century American home. Drawing on the landscapes and cultural icons they saw around them in rural New England, the Folly Cove Designers often incorporated these everyday images into strikingly modern graphics. Started by Virginia Lee Burton, the writer and illustrator of popular children’s books, the Folly Cove Designers worked as a collective, critiquing one another’s work and encouraging attention to detail in design and craftsmanship. The Folly Cove Designers sought to bring fine art to the home, in their case primarily through hand-printed table linens; they also supplied designs to regional and national department stores and fabric companies. The discussion of the Folly Cove Designers will focus on examples collected by Helen Louise Allen and now housed in the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection. CLICK HERE to watch the full lecture, courtesy of Wisconsin Public Television University Place.

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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. Beginning January 2019, portions of the collection will be on view year-round in the Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery. Selected pieces will also be on display 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.

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