The Art of the Inner Quarters

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Rank badge (hyungbae) with double cranes for first- to third-rank civil official. Korean, Joseon dynasty (1392-1910). Silk; embroidered. 20.8 cm (width) x 23.2 cm (height). The Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum, Seoul.



By Lee Talbot

Curator of Eastern Hemisphere Collections at The George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum



Wednesday, September 27, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Korean Cultural Center NY, 460 Park Avenue (57th Street), 6th Floor
Free admission



Reviewing a selection of fabrics from Korean and American museum collections, together with period literature and other visual arts, this lecture will explore the role of textiles in the lives, modes, and manners of women in elite households during Korea’s Joseon dynasty (1392-1910). Also addressed are the ways in which textiles and the built environment functioned in tandem to shape and transmit social and ideological traditions. The lecture will reveal that during a period of unprecedented curtailment of women’s personal and financial freedom, textiles provided a creative outlet for individual feelings and aspirations as well as a source of income and store of wealth.



Lee Talbot, Curator of Eastern Hemisphere Collections at The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, Washington DC

Lee Talbot is Curator of Eastern Hemisphere Collections at The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum in Washington, D.C., where he specializes in East Asian textile history. Before joining The Textile Museum staff, he spent two and a half years as a curator at the Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum at Sookmyung Women’s University in Seoul, Korea. His recent exhibitions include Bingata! Only in Okinawa (2016), Stories of Migration: Contemporary Artists Interpret Diaspora (2016) and China: Through the Lens of John Thomson (2015). Publications include chapters on China and Korea in History of Design: Decorative Arts and Material Culture, 1400-2000 (Bard Graduate Center/Yale University Press, 2013), Threads of Heaven: Textiles in East Asian Ritual and Ceremony (Sookmyung Women’s University Press, 2006), Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain (The Textile Museum, 2010), and articles on various aspects of decorative art and design history.


AHL Foundation and Korean Cultural Center New York’s collaborative Public Lecture Series aims to provide the general public, as well as the Korean American community, with the opportunity to learn diverse theoretical perspectives on issues related to Korean art and culture and to reflect further on future interactions between Korean art and various worldwide global communities.


Organized by the AHL Foundation in collaboration with the Korean Cultural Center New York