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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Dr. Andrea Feeser, Professor of Art History in the Art Department at Clemson University, to Chair Panel at the Textile Society of America’s 15th Biennial Symposium in Savannah, GA

Prof. Feeser's panel is entitled, "Contemporary Critique in Fiber Art and Design."  The papers to be presented are as follows:
  • Stephanie Sabo, Critical Cloth: The Contemporary Toile de Jouy Print as Postcolonial Critique in Art and Design
  • Andrea Feeser, Jimmie Durham’s “Traces and Shiny" (Professor of Art History, Clemson University)
  • Kirsty Robertson, Oil Futures/ Petrotextiles
  • Lisa Vinebaum, Performing Globalization: Movement, Migration and materiality in the work of Anne Wilson and Mandy Cano Villalobos
For Crosscurrents: Land, Labor, and the Port, we invited participants to explore the ways in which textiles shape, and are shaped by historical, geographical, technological and economic aspects of colonization and/or globalization. How and why have textile practices moved around? As they travel, how have they been translated, modified, or used within acts of compliance or resistance? What impact have different regimes of labor, consumption, aesthetic valuation, or political/social economy had on textile production, use, and circulation? These questions apply to contemporary or historical fine art, utilitarian, or ethnographic textiles, and are addressed through scholarship or creative practice.

Due to its location and history, the southern United States is an ideal place to examine the interaction between local practices and global markets. Contributions explore textile practice in the broader contexts of agriculture, labor, innovation, or exchange. Papers represent a range of historic and contemporary perspectives on the role of technology and alternative economies in shaping design, production, circulation, consumption, exhibition, collection, valuation, interpretation and use of textiles.

Presenters come from around the world and represent a range of textile-related disciplines and interdisciplinary areas, including but not limited to history, anthropology, archaeology, art, conservation, geography, design, economics, ethnic studies, history, linguistics, material culture studies, mathematics, science, political science, sociology, and theater, among others. In addition to our usual submission categories (papers, organized sessions, roundtables, films and other media), for 2016 we extended the call to include poster sessions and curated exhibitions that will be on view at seven Savannah galleries.


Academic Program Co-Chairs: Jessica Smith, Professor of Fibers and Susan Falls, Professor of Anthropology, Savannah College of Art and Design
Exhibitions Chair: Liz Sargent, Professor of Fibers, Savannah College of Art and Design


Most Symposium programming takes place at the Hyatt Regency Savannah located along the waterfront at 2 W. Bay St, Savannah, GA 31401. Special programs take place around Savannah’s historic district including the keynote address, contemporary exhibitions, site seminars, tours and workshops.

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