Textiles Close Up: Inside of “Interwoven Globe” at the MMA

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
November 15, 2013
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Image: Textiles Close Up: Inside “The Interwoven Globe” MMA. Detail, 17th Century Embroidery, Private Collection. Photo: E. Phipps

Experience a cutting-edge exhibition with the curators who produced it. “Interwoven Globe: The International Textile Trade, 1500-1800” charts a new direction for the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MMA) and for the field of textile history. Bringing together the expertise of curators across eight departments, the MMA has created what is sure to be a seminal study on the travel of textile patterns, designs and techniques around the globe. Because the museum’s textiles are not held in one curatorial department, textile experts working throughout the museum collaborated on the exhibition. Amelia Peck, the lead curator, initiated a process to work across departments involving colleagues from all over the museum.

Participants in TSA’s Textiles Close Up program will spend the morning at the MMA with six of the curators who will guide us through the exhibition. After sharing box lunches with the curators, we proceed to the MMA’s Antonio Ratti Textile Center to examine pieces from the collection that are not on view to the public. Here, we will see additional textiles that were considered for the exhibition and will have the opportunity to observe and discuss some especially notable examples of weaving, dyeing and embellishment.

As a benefit of membership, all TSA programs are open for registration to our members several weeks before they open to the general public. If you are not yet a member, you can join at anytime. Otherwise, registration for Inside Interwoven Globe opens to nonmembers on September 16.

Registration for this program is currently full. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please email

One scholarship space is reserved for a member who would benefit professionally from this experience but, for financial reasons, is otherwise unable to attend. Click here to complete the scholarship application. 

Exhibition Curators and Guides for the Day’s Program:

Amelia Peck, Curator, America Wing, Metropolitan Museum of Art (MMA)

Melinda Watt, Associate Curator, European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, and Supervising Curator, Antonio Ratti Textile Center, MMA

Amy Bogansky, Research Assistant, American Wing, MMA

John Guy, Curator, Asian Art department, MMA

Joyce Denney, Independent Scholar, Assistant Curator (retired), Asian Art department, MMA

Elena Phipps, Senior Research Scholar (former Conservator, Textile Conservation, MMA) and TSA President.

About Textiles Close Up, a Program of the Textile Society of America

Textiles Close Up is an exciting new series of study-workshops that provides opportunities to examine textiles in leading museum and private collections, guided by renowned experts. Workshops focus on the exploration of the materials, techniques, styles, culture and history of selected textile traditions, which vary for each event. The format offers first-hand, close-up viewing of textiles in the storerooms, laboratories and study rooms of various institutions offering unprecedented access and learning opportunities. This year’s program is partially supported by a generous donation from Textile Arts, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.