Kilim, ca. 18th century. Turkey, Central Anatolia, Cappadocia area, east of Aksaray. Wool; slit-tapestry weave. 147 x 53 in. (373.4 x 134.6 cm). The Caroline and H. McCoy Jones Collection, Gift of Caroline McCoy-Jones, 1994.163.1
THE NINTH ANNUAL CAROLINE AND H. MCCOY JONES MEMORIAL LECTURE From Tradition to Modernity: The Art of the Anatolian Kilim
by Ali Riza Tuna Saturday, February 20th, 2016, 1:00 pm Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum
Admission to the lecture is free.
The Anatolian kilim has long been recognized as an icon of traditional tribal culture. This lecture offers new criteria for its appreciation, tracing parallels in color, form, and abstraction between kilims and works of Western modern art, including the paintings of the Impressionists, the Post-Impressionists, and Pablo Picasso (1881–1973).
Ali Riza Tuna is an independent scholar, author, and lecturer. His current research focuses on the study of kilim and other weavings of Anatolia as well as the aesthetics and design development of Turkish rugs from the thirteenth through the sixteenth centuries. His is a contributor to Antique Ottoman Carpets in Transylvania (2005), among other notable publications and projects. This lecture is generously supported by the San Francisco Bay Area Rug Society.