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Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens presents the Carol and Les Ballard Lecture Series: Bound by Thread - American Women and the Needlework Tradition, Tuesday, November 12, at 6:30pm, at the Caroline Wiess Law Building, Brown Auditorium. 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.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."The Carol and Les Ballard Lecture Series
Twice a year, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens invites renowned scholars to speak about interesting aspects of American decorative and fine arts.Pictured: Mary J. Greenfield Smith, Sampler, c. 1843, wool and silk on linen, the MFAH, the Bayou Bend Collection, gift of Miss Ima Hogg, by exchange, and Bobbie Nau.