Saturday, March 15, 2008

Life [and Death] on Earth: Masterpieces of Turkmen Weaving at San Francisco's de Young Museum through September 7, 2008

"For Tent and Trade: Masterpieces of Turkmen Weaving at the de Young Museum December 15, 2007, through September 7, 2008. During the past twenty-five years, the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco has developed the finest public collection of Turkmen carpets and other pile textiles outside [the Russian Federation]. This exhibition includes approximately 40 of the finest rugs, bags, and tent and animal trappings from these extensive holdings.

“Carpets and other pile textiles woven by the nomadic and semi-nomadic Turkmen tribes of Central Asia are some of the most widely admired and passionately collected of all ‘oriental’ rugs,” says Diane Mott, curator of the exhibition. “They are also among the most challenging to study and understand.” This exhibition provides an overview of Turkmen pile weaving and addresses some of the unanswered questions surrounding Turkmen carpets in addition to new findings that are changing our understanding of this complex weaving tradition.

The textiles included in For Tent and Trade come from the deserts and oases of Turkmenistan, northwest Iran, Uzbekistan, and Afghanistan. Many are woven from the superb wool of the Saryja sheep, which are bred solely in this region. This exhibition provided the opportunity to contrast objects a woman traditionally wove for her dowry or domestic use with those made for the market or a prosperous khan or city dweller." ...

Turkmen carpet (haly) and young Turkmen artist. Carpet from Turkmen, Yomut tribe, ca. 1642-1682. FAMSF, gift of George and Marie Hecksher. [Check tribe and date.]

Photo credits: (c) Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and Wikipedia. With thanks.




Continuum: Music from Mongolia and Central Asia

Thursday, April 10, 2008, 7:30 pm, Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

The new-music ensemble Continuum, directed by Joel Sachs and Cheryl Seltzer, presents their chamber music discoveries from the lands of Genghis Khan and Tamerlane - rarely heard works by Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky (Uzbekistan), Sansar Sangidorj (Mongolia), and Zarina Mirshakar, Farangis Nurulla-Khoja, and Benjamin Yusupov (Tajikistan).

* Where Central Asia Meets Central Europe


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