Learn More: Weaving, Textiles, and Technology Events in New York City

Weaving is an art and a science. To coincide with Weaving: Cognition, Technology, Culture next week, we have created a list of upcoming events in New York City that explore textiles and technology. These events explore different facets of weaving: historical perspectives of textile making, creative design, and the technology of fibers and fabric. Whether you’re an experienced weaver or new to the history of the art form, there’s something for everyone!

The Met opened Carpets for Kings: Six Masterpieces of Iranian Weaving, which features six small Iranian carpets of the 16th and 17th centuries that have been recently treated by conservators for display. On view until August 27.

Date/Location: March 3 – August 27, 2017; The Met Museum, Fifth Avenue (Gallery 458)

For those interested in the technology of textiles, Secret Life of Textiles: Synthetic Materials opened March 6 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition explores the synthetic material boom, and how the unstable nature of the synthetics leads to a shorter lifespan than traditional fabrics. On view through September 4.

Date/Location: March 6, 2017 – September 4, 2017; The Met Museum, Fifth Avenue

On March 31, Irene Soto will give a gallery talk on The Trade and Technique of Late Antique Textiles at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (NYU). Free and open to the public; begins at 6pm. RSVP required at or to 212.992.7800.

Date/Location: March 31, 2017 at 6pm; Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (NYU)

The Fashion Institute of Technology is hosting a talk about Asian textiles on April 4th from 11AM-12PM. It is part of FIT’s Primary Sources in Costume/Textile History and Design, a talk series sponsored by History of Art and funded by the Student Faculty Corporation. For more details, visit FIT’s April event calendar.

Date/Location: April 4, 2017, 11am-12pm; D211 Pomerantz, Fashion Institute of Technology

Historian Marie-Louise Nosch will give a talk on Texts and Textiles as the The Iris Foundation Awards Lecture. She will focus on “the intersection of texts and textiles, drawing on examples from both history and archaeology.” Free and open to the public; please visit the website for more details.

Date/Location: April 4, 2017, 5:30 – 7:00 pm; 38 West 86th Street, Lecture Hall

Cooper Hewitt’s latest exhibition, Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse, confronts textile waste and challenges our society to find alternative approaches of disposing such materials. On view until April 23rd.

Date/Location: until April 23rd, 2017; Cooper Hewitt, 2 E 91st Street

The New York Guild of Handweavers presents artisan Camille Meade and Exploring the Art of Basket Weaving. Most Guild meetings begin at noon with a social hour; show and tell is at 12:30pm. The program begins at 1:00pm. For more details, visit the guild’s website.

Date/Location: April 29, 2017; The School of Visual Arts, Room 602C, 133 West 21st St. (bet. 6th & 7th Ave)

The Frick Library explores Using Computed Weave Maps to Gain Art-Historical Insight from Vermeer’s Canvases on Tuesday, May 2 at 4pm. The lecture is part of the Digital ARt History Lab Lectures series, and is free and open to the public. To RSVP, please visit the event website.

Date/Location: May 2 at 4pm; Music Room of The Frick Collection

Edward Bleiberg of the Brooklyn Museum will discuss Coptic Art, Modern Design, Art History: The Changing Value of Late Antique Textiles at the Brooklyn Museum at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (NYU) on May 19th. Free and open to the public; begins at 6pm. RSVP required at or to 212.992.7800.

Date/Location: May 19, 2017 at 6pm; Lecture Hall, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (NYU)

The Cathedral of St John the Divine has finally completed a 16 year restoration of lavish tapestries commissioned by Cardinal Francesco Barberini. The Cathedral’s new exhibition, The Barberini Tapestries: Woven Monuments of Baroque Rome, explores the process. Currently on view.

Date/Location: On view at St John the Divine, 112th and Amsterdam

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