Event Details

Apr 19, 2019
9:00am - 4:00pm
Wing lecture room

At this daylong symposium, speakers will discuss topics related to the exhibition Traded Treasure: Indian Textiles for Global Markets, including the use of Indian textiles in Southeast Asia, the ingenious ways that Indian artisans designed and produced cloths of astonishing beauty and technical sophistication, and how cross-cultural interchange through trade contributed to global aesthetic developments.

This program is cosponsored by Cornell’s South Asia Program, Southeast Asia Program, and Department of the History of Art and Visual Studies; and supported by the Stoikov Asian Art Lecture Fund at the Johnson, which was funded by a generous gift from Judith Stoikov ’63. The symposium will be live streamed on live.alumni.cornell.edu

Symposium registration is free; please contact Elizabeth Saggese at eas8@cornell.edu or 607 254-4642. Preferred seating is available for current Johnson Museum Members upon request. Registration will be confirmed by email. Click here for information about parking at the Museum.

The keynote lecture on Thursday, April 18 is free and open to the public, no registration required.


9:00 a.m.
Check-in and coffee


9:30 a.m.
Welcome and opening remarks
Ellen Avril, Interim Codirector/Chief Curator and Curator of Asian Art,
Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University

9:45 a.m.
“Early Indian Textiles in Indonesia”
Ruth Barnes, Thomas Jaffe Curator of Indo-Pacific Art, Yale University Art Gallery

10:30 a.m.
“Unfolding the Foreign: Mining for Sacred Maa’ in Torajan Local Texts”
Kaja McGowan, Associate Professor, Department of the History of Art and Visual Studies, Cornell University

11:10 a.m.

11:25 a.m.
Patola: Double Ikat Weaving in Western India”
Cynthia Cort, independent textile historian, Denison University

12:10 p.m.
Moderated Q & A session
Nancy Um, Professor and Chair, Art History, Binghamton University

12:30 p.m.
Lunch break (on your own)


2:00 p.m.

2:10 p.m.
“‘Framing’ Paa Laai Inside and Outside of the Museum: Historical Significances and Contemporary Resonances of Textiles Made in India for the Thai Market”
Alexandra Dalferro, PhD candidate, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University

2:50 p.m. 

3:00 p.m.
“Treasures Stitched Together: Chintz Appliqué in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Europe”
Sylvia Houghteling, Assistant Professor of the History of Art, Bryn Mawr College

3:40 p.m.
Moderated Q & A session
Durba Ghosh, Professor, Department of History, Cornell University

4:00 p.m.
Concluding remarks

The Museum is open until 5:00 p.m. Schedule subject to change.