I had the honor of attending the opening of the new embroidery exhibit ‘Twixt Art and Nature‘ on December 10th. The exhibit is a collaboration between the MET and the Bard Graduate School of the Decorative Arts. If you look back at the comments for December 8th, one of our lacers, Devon, was also at the opening and did a nice review also. Devon is a volunteer in the textile department at the MET and has provided us with valuable information on metal laces during the project.
I am bringing this exhibit up a few times as it has an intimate connection to the Plimoth Jacket project which I will detail in the next few blogs. Also, it may be one of the only times you will see an embroidered jacket similar to ours that will be on display in the United States. The exhibit runs from December 10th to April 12th, 2009 and it is located at the Bard Graduate School on West 86th Street at Central Park West. The exhibit has three floors of the most amazing embroidery from 1580-1700. Almost all the objects are from the MET’s collection and are some of the finest examples of their type. As Susan Brown, Assistant Curator of Textiles at the Cooper-Hewitt, said that night – “I always think we have nice things, and then I see what they have at the MET!!”
If you want to see a few pictures of the jacket on display and a slide show of some objects in the exhibit, click on this review of the exhibition in the New York Times on-line.