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In Honor of Dr. Robert J. Bull
Curated by Students of the Art History class Islamic Art and Gabriele Hiltl
Exhibition: March 25 – April 24, 2014
Opening Reception: April 4, 2014, 5:30-7:30pm
The Korn Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition, “Palestinian Textiles” from the Collection of Robert J. and Vivian A. Bull,” on view March 25th through April 24th, 2014. The Gallery is located in the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey and is open Tuesday through Friday 12:30-4pm, selected weekends and by appointment.
The exhibition is drawn from the Palestinian textile and metalwork collection of Robert J. and Vivian A. Bull. Dr. Robert J. Bull was a professor of church history at Drew University from 1955 until 1991; he passed away in 2013. Dr. Vivian A. Bull taught economics at Drew for more than thirty years and has served since 2012 as the University’s President for the Interim Term.
The objects in the exhibition, from the early part of the twentieth century, were acquired over decades of the couple’s research and travel in the Middle East. A highlight of the exhibition will be seven women’s dresses with embroidery panels, made by women for their own wear and therefore reflecting their own interests and identities. These dresses and other textiles celebrate the Palestinian embroidery tradition, known for its brilliant color, complexity, and high level of craftsmanship.
The exhibition is curated by the students in the Art History course Islamic Art, under the direction of Gabriele Hiltl-Cohen of the Drew Art Department. It honors the memory of Robert J. Bull and exemplifies the efforts of Dr. Bull and President Bull to educate students and the larger community about the cultures of the Middle East.
Hanan Munayyer, “The Origins of Palestine Embroidery”, April 3, 4:00PM
Anna Badkhen, “Weaving Stories from the Global South”, April 10, 4:00PM
With support of the WGST Visiting Scholar Fund
The Korn Gallery is located in the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts
and is open Tuesday through Friday 12:30-4pm, select weekends and by appointment.
For more information please call: (973) 408 – 3758
Korn Gallery, Drew University, 36 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940