Persian Carpets and Women’s Creative Work


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Join us for the 13th annual Caroline and H. McCoy Jones Memorial Lecture with Minoo Moallem focused on Persian carpets and women’s creative work. This talk links the history of technology, women’s creative labor, and textile art.

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Minoo Moallem is a professor of gender and women’s studies and the director of media studies at UC Berkeley. She is the author of numerous publications, including Persian Carpets: The Nation as a Transnational Commodity and Between Warrior Brother and Veiled Sister: Islamic Fundamentalism and the Cultural Politics of Patriarchy in Iran. She has also ventured into digital media. Her project Nation on the Move (design by Eric Loyer) was published in Vectors: Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular.

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This lecture is named in honor of Caroline and H. McCoy Jones. H. McCoy Jones (1897 – 1987) was a scholar, a collector of nomadic tribal rugs, and the founder of the International Hajji Baba Society, a nonprofit dedicated to the understanding and appreciation of fine textiles. In 1980, he and his wife, Caroline (1917 – 2006), made the commitment to donate his collection of more than 600 Central Asian carpets and textiles to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, transforming the Museums into one of the greatest repositories of Central Asian textiles in the United States. After his death in 1987, Caroline expanded her husband’s collection, focusing on Central Asian and South American textiles, and gifted significant collections of Anatolian kilims and global headwear. Their estate was gifted to the Textile Arts department in 2006, which is today known as the Caroline and H. McCoy Jones Department of Textile Arts. Learn more

This event is part of Virtual Wednesdays, a YouTube broadcast bringing you unique viewpoints from Bay Area artists and community leaders that reframe our exhibitions and collections. View upcoming Virtual Wednesdays programs.

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