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Mary J. Greenfield Smith, Woolwork Picturec. 1843, wool and silk on linen, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Bayou Bend Collection, Museum purchase funded by Miss Ima Hogg, by exchange, and Bobbie Nau.

Bound by Thread: American Women and the Needlework Tradition

Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Law Building, Lower Level
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions


Presented by Linda Eaton, John L. & Marjorie P. McGraw Director of Collections and Senior Curator of Textiles, Winterthur

The term “material culture” has been developed to describe a multidisciplinary approach to the study of objects and the context in which they were made and used. This approach is especially important for the study of women’s history, as women are rarely represented in the types of public—or even private—documents that form the basis of traditional historical research. Using examples from the collections of Winterthur and Bayou Bend, this lecture shows how the study of needlework can enrich the understanding of women’s lives in the 18th and early 19th centuries. A reception follows.

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About the Speaker
Linda Eaton teaches in the Winterthur program in Early American culture and the Winterthur/University of Delaware program in art  conservation. Before coming to Winterthur, she completed graduate work at the Textile Conservation Center and the Courtauld Institute of Art, and she worked as a textile conservator in Scotland. She has curated exhibitions including "Deceit, Deception & Discovery," "This Work in Hand: Philadelphia Needlework from the 18th Century," and "Needles & Haystacks: Pastoral Imagery in American Needlework," and co-curated "Who’s Your Daddy? Families in Early American Needlework" and "Betsy Ross: The Life Behind the Legend." Eaton's book "Quilts in a Material World: Selections from the Winterthur Collection" was published in 2007, and she is working on a revised edition of Florence Montgomery’s book "Printed Textiles."

Twice a year, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens invites renowned scholars  to speak about interesting aspects of American decorative and fine arts. This lecture series is made possible by a generous endowment gift from Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Ballard to Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens.