Kaye Spilker

Kaye Spilker headshotKaye D. Spilker, Curator, Department of Textiles and Costume, LACMA, holds a B.F.A. from Syracuse University and an M.A. in art history from University of California, Los Angeles. Kaye pursued an earlier career in Belgium as an artist before joining the museum in 1987.  She has curated exhibitions on Los Angeles designer Gilbert Adrian, on LACMA’s holdings of Ballets Russes and Erté theater costume, and on ancient Andean textiles.  Ms. Spilker co-curated Breaking the Mode: LACMA’s Contemporary Fashion Collection as well as the acclaimed Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700-1915.  At present, she is working on three projects: an exhibition of children’s quilts, another on Art Deco textiles, and co-curating a major exhibition opening in 2016 of fashionable men’s dress in Europe and the United States.

Kaye is chairing the LACMA plenary session Sustainability in Textile Art and Industry featuring Eileen Mockus, You-lo Hsieh, and Rowland Ricketts.

Session Summary: This panel examines the role of sustainable practice in art and industry, discussing directions for development and implementation of standards, as well as innovation in materials and process from science, industry and artistic perspectives. A large subject, from industry perspectives we will focus on selective aspects of practice and education, looking at the organic cotton industry and its model for California, as well as an education program in Sustainability, in one of the University of California’s major campuses for training in agriculture and industry. The personal and artistic perspective will look at the use and production of indigo on a ‘human scale’, contrasting the traditional and industrial models, and examining the role of the artist in the context of sustainable practice.