Godwin-Ternbach Exhibition Talk: Artist Caroline Wells Chandler

Join Queens-based artist, Caroline Wells Chandler, as he discusses his work in the exhibition From the Desert to the City: The Journey of Late Ancient Textiles. Stemming out of a 1970’s feminist craft history, Chandler’s brightly colored hand crocheted figures explore queerness and the art historical cannon. Chandler twists the language of folk by using the materials, processes, and the archetypes of conservative culture to create affirmational queer arenas.

Tuesday, December 4 2018 at 5 pm
Godwin-Ternbach Museum, 405 Klapper Hall

Godwin-Ternbach Event: Buried Beauties – Uncovering the trail of Late Antique Textiles

Join us for an exhibition talk on Thursday, November 29 2018 at 5 pm at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum, 405 Klapper Hall.

The original excavators and collectors of Late Antique objects followed practices that often inadvertently divorced the objects from their context. In light of this, the provenance of antiquities, such as those in the Rose Choron collection, are difficult to determine. Ava Katz, Queens College Art History student and former GTM intern,  will discuss how this relates to the current exhibition and how provenance of some of the objects in the collection was found. 


Godwin-Ternbach Exhibition Talk: Jennifer Ball, “Who Wore it Best?”

Join us on Thursday, November 8th at 5pm for a visit with Art Historian Jennifer Ball and a discussion of the current Godwin-Ternbach Exhibition, From the Desert to the City: The Journey of Late Antique Textiles.

Clothing and other textiles show a remarkable number of popular motifs that appear again and again throughout the Late Antique world. Images of dancers and mounted riders are just two examples that seem ubiquitous across time and place, and also appear on different media, not just textiles.  Jennifer Ball, Associate Professor of Art History at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center CUNY, will discuss how these images were replicated in a pre-internet age and what it suggests about Late Antique views on fashion, status and originality.

From the Desert to the City runs September 13th – December 13th at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum in Klapper Hall. Visit their website for more info!

Godwin-Ternbach Museum Opening Reception, “From the Desert to the City”

Please join us for the opening reception of the Godwin-Ternbach Museum’s exhibition, featuring recently acquired textiles from Late Antique Egypt, curated by Queens College Art History professor Warren Woodfin in collaboration with museum co-directors Elizabeth Hoy and Brita Helgesen. This event will take place Thursday, September 13th from 6-8pm in the Godwin-Ternbach Museum.

Please RSVP for the opening by email togtmuseum@qc.cuny.edu or by phone at 718.997.4724

Godwin-Ternbach Museum Exhibition, “From the Desert to the City: The Journey of Late Ancient Textiles”

The Godwin-Ternbach Museum invites everyone to their new exhibition, From the Desert to the City: The Journey of Late Ancient Textiles, which will run from September 13th-December 13th.

This exhibition places textiles from Late Antique Egypt in multiple contexts—their original use in the 3rd-7th centuries, their rediscovery in the early 20th century, and their reception in the present day—bringing these colorful remnants of the ancient past to life for to today’s audiences.

Curated by Queens College Art History professor Warren Woodfin in collaboration with museum co-directors Elizabeth Hoy and Brita Helgesen, the exhibition highlights the recent gift of eighty-five textile pieces from the Rose Choron collection to the GTM.

The first part of the exhibition sets the stage for the original use of these textiles, placing them in context with other household and religious objects, all of which provide comparisons for motifs and themes that dominate the textiles: myth, the natural world, and health and prosperity. The GTM’s own Late Ancient objects are joined by important loans from the Brooklyn Museum, including two elements from a large-scale Roman floor mosaic and a selection of architectural and figural sculptures.

The second part of the exhibition addresses the discovery of “Coptic” textiles in the late 19th and 20th centuries, both by the archaeologists who excavated them and the artists who turned to them for fresh inspiration. Here, comparative works highlight the impact of the rediscovery of these textiles on modern art from the visual to theatrical, including drawings by Henri Matisse and costume designs for Jules Massenet’s opera Thaïs.

The third and final section juxtaposes the Late Antique textiles with contemporary works inspired by them. From the Desert to the City features work by Brooklyn artist Gail Rothschild, who has created large-scale paintings directly inspired by the fragmentary condition of the Choron textiles. Figurative works in crochet by Queens-based Caroline Wells Chandler propel stylized late antique figures into bold, humorous, 21st century Technicolor. By tracing the reception of the textile arts of the Late Ancient world into the 21st century, the exhibition will attest to their continued vitality as sources of creative inspiration as well as scholarly insight.

As always, admission to the GTM is completely free of charge! As with a number of past exhibitions at the museum, Queens College’s students are contributing to the research and writing for the exhibition and accompanying catalogue. This was facilitated through an Art History graduate seminar taught in Spring 2018 by Warren Woodfin. The full color catalogue presents essays by Jennifer Ball, Glenn Goldberg, Elizabeth Hoy, Thelma Thomas, and Warren Woodfin, along with contributions from Queens College graduate students in Art History.

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