Event Details

Apr 18, 2019
Wing lecture room

The current exhibition Traded Treasure is a testimony to the achievements of India's pre-industrial textile manufactures. When independence from Britain enabled American merchants to initiate direct trade with India, no one could have foreseen the impacts of the far-reaching revolution in textile production already underway at the end of the eighteenth century.

"The American Moment" will explore the initial American experience in the textile trade with India and bring into focus the irony that India's preeminence in textile production stimulated the very innovations that would upend its paramount position and permanently transform the making of cloth.

Susan S. Bean, PhD, curates, writes, and consults on the visual arts and culture of modern South Asia. She is the chair of the Art & Archaeology Center of the American Institute of Indian Studies and an associate of the Peabody Museum at Harvard University. She was senior curator for South Asian and Korean art at the Peabody Essex Museum until her retirement in 2012 and previously taught anthropology at Yale University.

This keynote presentation of our Indian textiles symposium is free and open to all. The lecture will be live streamed on live.alumni.cornell.edu

The Museum is open Thursdays until 7:30 PM (February 7–May 2).