Turks, Textiles, Transylvania! The Royal and the Religious

Joyce Corbett

Thursday, April 25, 2019

The Ottoman Turkish Influence on Costume and Textiles in Transylvania

Coffee House Club Lecture / Dinner

The army of Suleiman the Magnifcent defeated the forces of the greater Kingdom of Hungary in 1526. The area of Turkish occupation also included the region of Transylvania (which today is in Romania) as well as Upper Hungary (today Slovakia) and endured for 150 years from 1541 to 1699. Despite the disruption of military occupation, the Ottomans brought with them many cultural innovations, nowhere more so than in the then vassal territory of Transylvania.

We will examine traditional courtly embroidery and its adaptation for ecclesiastical use, the evolution of noble dress, votive carpets in the Seibenburgen churches, and further extensions of Ottoman cultural patrimony across Europe in later centuries. Textiles and artifacts of Ottoman Turkey have been preserved in museum and on-site collections in Hungary and Romania, as well as abroad. Efforts at conservancy and preservation are of crucial importance today. Finally, discoveries of vestiges of Ottoman heritage in Central Europe will confirm the longevity of aesthetic preference.

Joyce Corbett is an independent scholar and curator specializing in Central Europe. Her areas of research include folk art, dress and textiles. She has curated numerous exhibitions on Hungary, Romania and Slovakia; including “Between East and West: Folk Art Treasures of Romania (co-authored catalog) at the Mingei International Museum, San Diego, CA in 2011. She was a contributor to the exhibit related publication: Resplendent Dress from Southeastern Europe: Central European Embroidery, Fowler Museum at UCLA, (2013), She has presented papers frequently at conferences internationally. She was a Fulbright Research Scholar. Ms Corbett organizes study groups to travel to Hungary and Romania to examine folk art and cultural history. She is authoring a biography of the Hungarian ceramics designer Eva Zeisel.

Philadelphia Trip

Day Trip To Philadelphia
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Hajji Baba Club

Curated Tours Of Carpets And Textiles At
The Penn Museum And The Philadelphia Museum Of Art

Reserve Early Space Is Limited

8:00 am
Depart NYC by private coach

Penn Museum

10:00
Penn Museum

10:00-11:00
Tour of the new Middle East Galleries with Prof. Renata Holod, Curator, Near East Section.

Prof. Holod is College of Women Class of 1963 Term Professor in the Humanities, History of Art Department, University of Pennsylvania. An art and architectural historian and archaeologist of the Islamic world, she has carried out archaeological and architectural fieldwork in Syria, Iran, Morocco, Turkey, Central Asia, Tunisia, and Ukraine. She was Convener, Steering Committee Member, and Chair, Master Jury for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. She was co-curator, with Robert Ousterhaut, of Archaeologists and Travelers in Ottoman Lands at the Penn Museum (September 2010 to June 2011) She is co-author and co-editor of City in the Desert (1978); The Mosque and the Modern World (1997); The City in the Islamic World (2008) and An Island Through Time: Jerba Studies (2009).

The story of the ancient Middle East is one that the Penn Museum can tell uniquely well: the Museum was founded in 1887 to house artifacts from its first expedition to Nippur, the first American-led archaeological project in the region. Since then, the Museum has excavated an unparalleled constellation of sites in the Middle East, where active research continues today. The Middle East Galleries will highlight the Museum’s pioneering research, with updates as we make new discoveries each year. 95% of the material on display in the Middle East Galleries was excavated by Penn archaeologists, including world-renowned objects like the “Ram in the Thicket,” and the Galleries explore how archaeologists found and interpreted such fascinating artifacts.

11:00-12:00
Collections Workshop with Renata Holod showing textiles from storage including Safavid velvet fragments, other textiles and several carpets

Philadelphia Museum

12:30
Philadelphia Museum of Art

12:30-1:45
Lunch in the Fiske Kimball Room at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Choice of Roasted Scottish Salmon or Roasted Chimichurri Chicken over Greens

2:00-3:00
Tour of the Carpet galleries at the Philadelphia Museum of Art with Dennis Dodds

The Philadelphia Museum of Art houses an internationally renowned collection of carpets from the major weaving centers of the world. This superb collection includes carpets from Safavid Persia, Ottoman Turkey, Mamluk Egypt, and several dramatic Dragon carpets from the Caucasus as well as an impressive Admirals carpet from 15th century Spain.

Tour with Dennis Dodds

With graduate degrees in Architecture and City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, Dennis Dodds also studied medieval Islamic architecture with a focus on its ornament. He has lectured widely and is a veteran collector with a special interest in early Anatolian and Turkmen tribal and village weaving.

Dennis was the original American Editor of HALI magazine, first published in 1978 London. He chaired the 8th ICOC conference in Philadelphia, co-edited the catalogue Oriental Rugs from Atlantic Collections with Dr. Murray Eiland, Jr., and with a Mellon Grant wrote the book Oriental Rugs in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. He has lectured internationally, as well as authored several articles.

The Near Eastern Art Research Center in Washington, DC honored him with the Joseph V. McMullan Award. In 1999, Dennis was elected General Secretary of the International Conference on Oriental Carpets, a position he still holds.

4:00 pm
Depart Philadelphia Museum of Art by private coach for return to NYC

The cost of the trip is $190 per person and includes all travel, museum entrance fees, curated tours and lunch.

Rags, Riches, and Patchwork: The Sacred and Secular Aspects of Buddhist Ritual Garments in Japan

Jacquie Atkins

Monday, May 20, 2019

Coffee House Club Lecture / Dinner