Creating a New Museum for Thailand: The Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles
Colloquium with Dale Carolyn Gluckman, Former curator and department head, Costume and Textiles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Tuesday, November 27, 20122:00 PM - 3:30 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095
In 2003, Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of Thailand determined that the country needed a dedicated textile museum in recognition of the beauty and importance of textiles in Southeast Asian culture. Three years later, the speaker was asked to join a colleague to advise the project architect and the prominent Thai archaeologist selected to spearhead the project. Soon an international team of specialists—based in California, New York, Paris, Canada, China, and Bangkok—came together to create a state-of-the-art museum on the grounds of the Grand Palace. This presentation will focus on the challenges and pleasures of working with such a diverse team in creating a complex institution from the ground up: one that had to meet the demanding needs of textiles, address the divergent interests and knowledge levels of a mixed audience of tourists and residents (Thai and foreign), and present three opening exhibitions designed to honor Her Majesty’s work to preserve and promote the textile arts and indigenous crafts of Thailand. Since its opening in May 2012, the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles has succeeded in raising the bar professionally for museums not only in Thailand, but in much of Southeast Asia.
A double graduate of UCLA (B.A., art history and M.A., costume history) Dale Carolyn Gluckman is the former head of the department of costumes and textiles at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and an independent curator and consultant. She has curated more than two dozen exhibitions and lectured and published widely. Her publications include When Art Became Fashion: Kosode in Edo-period Japan (1992), Fabric of Enchantment: Batik from the North Coast of Java (1996), and Kimono as Art: the Landscapes of Itchiku Kubota (2007). For the past six years she has been involved with the creation of the Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles (QSMT) and is the co-author of the forthcoming English edition of the inaugural catalogue for the QSMT, In Royal Fashion: the Style of Queen Sirikit of Thailand.
Cost : Free and open to the public.
Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies