Textile Architecture Graduate Seminar Trip

December 19, 2018

On December 14th, 2018, graduate students of ART 583 left for two days in Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts, for a field trip funded by the Department. Participants included Sharif Anous, Angelique Firmalino, Chase Galis, Larissa Guimaraes, Matthew Maldonado, Domenica Massamby, Alexsander Musial, Peter Pak and Mariah Smith. Basile Baudez, assistant professor of architectural history in the Department of Art and Archeology, led the seminar. The first day was spent at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where they met with textiles conservator Tess Fredette. They discussed the challenges and decisions behind the restoration and restitution of the silk and velvet wall paneling of the recently completed Raphael Room. Later in the day, they went to the conservation laboratory to analyze fabric samples and discuss the strategies of restoration of the Titian room. They also had the chance to have a quick look at the restoration in process of the museum’s Rapt of Europa by Titian. The next day, they toured the newly reconceived Harvard Art Museums and Harvard Graduate School of Design before heading to the MIT campus. There, themes discussed in seminar such as concepts of textility, wrapping, veiling and cladding in contemporary architecture were confronted with built examples such as the Ray and Maria Stata Center by Frank Gehry, the MIT chapel and the Kresge Auditorium by Eero Saarinen and the Baker House Dormitory by Alvar Aalto.