Join us tomorrow 7 pm for a brief talk about modernist tapestry ... under our own tapestry at the new extension of beit el tawlet ... wz jessica Gerschultz. The new extension of BEIT EL TAWLET was built around a 60's modernist tapestry … in fact 2!
The bigger, in z salon "Astree" by JEAN-CLAUDE BISSERY (Tapisserie en laine, atelier Le Mur du Nomade, Robert Four - 112 x 202 cm. Signée JC Bissery en bas au centre, portant une étiquette de la manufacture au revers et numérotée)
And another one in the hallway!
Bissery was very productive in the 60's creating tapestry for private orders and public spaces … and worked even a lot in Tunisia creating tapestry for Bourguiba's summer palace in Monastir, known as Musée Habib Bourguiba since 2013, that were woven by the Office National de l'Artisanat in Tunisia in 1966-67.
In the same era, artists and intellectuals circulated across the Arab world, Africa, Europe, and North America sharing tapestry techniques and ideas about weaving. They promoted their work through exhibitions; established studios and art schools; and exchanged philosophies, tools, and materials.
Sites of tapestry production and display in Lebanon played a critical role in this constellation.
Starting with the two tapestries on view at the new Beit El Tawlet, Jessica Gerschultz, a specialist in modern tapestry, will speak about artworks and artists in Lebanon and their significance in a wider fiber art movement.
Jessica Gerschultz is a Hans-Robert Roemer Fellow at the German Research Institute in Beirut for the writing of a book on modernist tapestry. She is an Assistant Professor and teaches classes in Art History for the department of African and African-American Studies at the University of Kansas in the US.