The William A. and Carolyn C. McDonnell Textile Gallery will reopen in March after a hiatus of almost five years, during which time the gallery was temporarily repurposed to display Ancient American art. The gallery's opening exhibition presents a selection of 21 textiles highlighting the depth and diversity of the Museum's holdings.
Included in this exhibition is a very fine and unusual Turkish Ushak carpet from the 16th century. Another featured work, Esther and Ahasuerus
, given by Mrs. William A. McDonnell demonstrates elaborate English embroidery of the second half of the 17th century. The exhibition also includes more contemporary work including a woven piece by St. Louis artist Mary Giles.
Curated by Zoe Annis Perkins, textile conservator, Highlights from the Textile Collection will be on view from March 5 through 2013 in Gallery 100.
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