Knotting Time: Lace, Labor and Gender in Italy
- Online event via Zoom
- Date: May 24, 2021
- Time: 16:00 - 18:00
- Speaker: Anna Dumont
- Contact: email@example.com
as industrial worker, craftsperson, housewife, and artist, the merlettaia
emerged as a flashpoint for critics, politicians, artists, and philanthropists.
Lace’s complex knot patterns made its maker’s labor-time visible. Yet the form
of authorship her embodied skill represented remained under intense debate. Was
her work fine art, in the tradition of early modern women artists? Or was it
domestic labor, whose chief reward was the ability to remain home with her
children? Against the backdrop of Italian industrialization, the seminar
considers the categorization of lace work, tracing the political and economic
consequences of distinctions between art, craft, industry, and housework, and
of the persistence of these terms in art history.
Anna Aline Mehlman Dumont is a Ph.D. candidate at Northwestern University, and is currently the 2020-21 Lily Auchincloss Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome. She is writing a dissertation on gendered labor and Italian textiles between 1870 and 1945.
For participation via Zoom, you find the link HERE.
Meeting ID: 747 558 6652
Scientific organization: Tristan Weddigen and Charles Kang