Matilda McQuaid, Deputy Director of Curatorial and Head of Textiles, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York, presents the Pliable Lecture “Textile Intentions: Creating a Pliable World” at 6:00 p.m. in Farish Gallery at Anderson Hall, Rice University, as part of the Spring 2020 Lecture Series.
McQuaid is Deputy Director of Curatorial and Head of Textiles at Cooper Hewitt. She has organized nationally and internationally acclaimed exhibitions and publications including Josef + Anni Albers: Designs for Living, Extreme Textiles: Designing for High Performance, Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay, Tools: Extending Our Reach, and Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse. She recently co-curated Nature--Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, a groundbreaking exhibition about how designers are transforming our relationship with the natural world through multidisciplinary partnerships.
She led a major collection digitization project at the museum with more than 200,000 objects photographed and available online. Formerly at the Museum of Modern Art for fifteen years, she curated major exhibitions such as Structure and Surface: Contemporary Japanese Textiles and Shigeru Ban: A Paper Arch. She is an accomplished author and editor on art, architecture, and design, with many books, exhibition catalogues, and articles to her credit.
This talk will look at cross-disciplinary collaborations and positive disruptions in the field of textiles, which are expanding the definition of textiles and bringing together the seemingly opposed concepts of natural and synthetic, handcrafted and high-tech.
The Spring 2020 Lecture Series is made possible through the generous support of the Betty R. and George F. Pierce Jr., FAIA, Fund.
The Pliable lectures are organized by Associate Professor Dawn Finley and made possible through the generous support of Rice University’s Moody Center for the Arts, the Humanities Research Center, Rice Architecture, and Rice Design Alliance.
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