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August—December 2021
Koppelman Gallery / Medford


Connecting Threads / Survivor Objects traces the global craft and political narratives of Armenian liturgical textiles from the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts and the Armenian Museum of America.

Embroidered, block printed, and painted, these textiles from the seventeenth to nineteenth century exemplify traditional Armenian art as well as Byzantine, post-Byzantine, European, and Islamic traditions. Their global markings reflect the tremendous mobility of visual ideas during the early modern period. Each textile preserves an inscription with information about artists, patrons, and church foundations, conveying the sense of the connected, mobile, and prosperous culture of the Armenian communities of the Ottoman Empire before the Genocide of 1915-1922. While many Ottoman Armenian churches are now in ruins, these fragile, beautiful textiles are astonishing testimony to the survival of a people, their identity, and their faith. 

 Organized by Christina Maranci, Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Professor of Armenian Art and Architecture, Tufts University and TUAG Research Curator Chiara Pidatella with students from The Threads of Survival: Armenian Liturgical Textiles in Local Collections seminar at Tufts University.