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Gallery Talk: Seeking Silk—Shimmer and Shine

A square, gold-colored book cover is decorated with green and red interlaced embroidery in different panels.
Book cover, European, 16th century. Silk and metallic yarns filé, embroidery. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Bequest of Nettie G. Naumburg, 1930.396.A.

Gallery Talk

Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

This event does not require registration; see further details below.

Silk was first cultivated more than 6,000 years ago in China, where it functioned as a fabric and later as a currency. In this gallery talk, curatorial fellow Talitha Maria G. Schepers will dive deeper into the world of Chinese silk production (sericulture), trade with 16th-century Europe, and the role women played in making silk. The talk focuses on an installation in the 17th-century Dutch and Flemish art gallery (2300). The installation will close on June 16.

This gallery talk is part of our New on View series, highlighting recent gallery installations and presenting new insights into recent acquisitions or old favorites.

Led by:
Talitha Maria G. Schepers, Stanley H. Durwood Foundation Curatorial Fellow, Division of European and American Art

Please check in with museum staff at the Visitor Services desk in the Calderwood Courtyard to request to join the talk. Talks are limited to 18 people and are available on a first-come, first-served basis; no registration is required.

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